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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'Ah!' said the old lady, after a short pause: 'it's all very fine, I dare say; but I can't hear him.'
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.
"Yes, they shine!" 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.
'I brought it in honour of the occasion, Sir,' said the old lady.
The pretty old lady, after reading it, had just laid it down upon the breakfast-cloth.
"How on earth, too, did you come to decide upon the journey?" continued the General, with raised voice as he hurried to overlook the old lady's last remark.
Send for her and have her back; I desire that she come back," the old lady said.
And here the old lady stopped, out of breath, with her cap askew, her spectacles on the end of her nose, and her knitting much the worse for being waved enthusiastically in the air, while she hung over the arm of her chair, shrilly cheering an imaginary Lafayette.
When once that imperious old lady had recovered from her natural awe of a lama he thought it probable that she would be worth listening to.
Still, it ought to be mentioned that no sooner had my old lady found out John, than John made known to her and me that he had had his eye upon a thankless person by the name of Silas Wegg.
I collect my thoughts here for the business of the day," said the old lady mincingly.
all very well!" said the old lady. "Her royal highness shall be informed of it, and she will judge."