“His own investigations had begun on a day in the preceding spring when, having been engaged in tracing the vicissitudes of the d'Urberville family, he had observed Durbeyfield's name on his waggon, and had thereupon been led to make inquiries about his father and grandfather till he had no doubt on the subject.
«At first I resolved not to disturb you with such a useless piece of information,» said he. «However, our impulses are too strong for our judgement sometimes.
I thought you might perhaps know something of it all the while.»
«Well, I have heard once or twice, 'tis true, that my family had seen better days afore they came to Blackmoor. But I took no notice o't, thinking it to mean that we had once kept two horses where we now keep only one.”