"Yes, yes, but not worse than mine--always poking my nose into other people's houses."
The young woman was silent, evidently surprised.
"The landlord ought to keep you in better repair," said the grey girl. "He owns next door, too, doesn't he?"
The young woman nodded. "He's a bad landlord. All down the street 'ere it's the same. Can't get nothing done."
The grey girl had gone over to a dirty bassinette where a half-naked child sprawled. An ugly little girl with fat red cheeks was sitting on a stool beside it, close to an open locker wherein could be seen a number of old meat bones.'
"Your chickabiddies?" said the grey girl. "Aren't they sweet?"
The young woman's face became illumined by a smile.
"That's more than can be said for all the children in the house, I expect," murmured the grey girl.