It was queer too that you could not call him sir because he was a brother and had a different kind of look. The pressure of these, too, is the more severely felt because they have fallen upon us at a moment when the national prosperity being at a height not before attained, the contrast resulting from the change has been rendered the more striking. How sad and how beautiful! He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music. Old servants in old dress were in the ironing-room above the staircase.