Like an automaton John put down his brushes, and walked slowly to the gate.
These "eliminators" consisted of two men with cans of turpentine and gasoline and an equipment of scrubbing brushes.
It was filled with gold-topped bottles and brushes, and it breathed opulence, luxury, femininity from every inch of surface.
'Now, child,' said he to his own daughter, 'what will you have?' 'The first twig, dear father, that brushes against your hat when you turn your face to come homewards,' said she.
On one side is his work-bench, with plenty of saws and hammers and jack-knives; and on another side is the paint-bench, with paints of every color and brushes of every size and shape.
This was the first time that she had touched her brushes since the children's coming, and she had hoped that this one afternoon would be free from interruption, when she heard them planning their afternoon's occupations at the lunch-table.
When evening came the letters had almost disappeared when viewed closely; but when Kenneth rode to the mouth of the glen on his way home and paused to look back, he could see the injunction "Take Smith's Liver Pills" staring at him, in grim defiance of the scrubbing brushes.