Old Lady of Threadneedle Street

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Old Lady of Threadneedle Street

A nickname for the Bank of England. The term is derived from a woman named Sarah Whitehead, who, after her brother's execution for forgery, went to the Bank of England every day to ask to see him. After her death in the mid-1800s, she was buried in a field that later became the Bank's garden. She is said to haunt the Bank.
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inquired the old lady of one of her granddaughters, in a very audible voice; for, like many deaf people, she never seemed to calculate on the possibility of other persons hearing what she said herself.
So, Oliver kept very still; partly because he was anxious to obey the kind old lady in all things; and partly, to tell the truth, because he was completely exhausted with what he had already said.
said Karen, and they fitted, and were bought, but the old lady knew nothing about their being red, else she would never have allowed Karen to have gone in red shoes to be confirmed.
Now, the old lady was exceedingly proud of her bright eyes being so clear that she could read writing without spectacles.
asked the old lady, without the least semblance of ceremony.
When the leaves are falling from the trees and there are no more flowers in bloom to make up into nosegays for the Lord Chancellor's court," said the old lady, "the vacation is fulfilled and the sixth seal, mentioned in the Revelations, again prevails.
Malicorne is a prince in disguise," replied the old lady, "he is all-powerful, seemingly.
The old lady recognized that, as the eyes and the ears of the lama, he was to be propitiated.
My daughter's your wife, Mr Quilp, certainly,' said the old lady with a giggle, meant for satirical and to imply that he needed to be reminded of the fact; 'your wedded wife.
The old lady was not present, and turning round the girl had an impression that the toes of a pair of boots were visible below the fringe of the curtains.
The two were gone, and yet his judgment told him that the old lady could not have gone without porters to carry her down as they had carried her up the previous day.
You two have done me a service, a very great service, in doing what you did (my old lady knows what it was), and I have put into this envelope a bank note for a hundred pound.