'Hello, sir. Can I help you？'
I looked behind me. It was the postman. And behind him, I could see three young boys. One of the boys laughed.
The postman smiled. 'Is the gentleman ill？'he asked.
I thought quickly. 'Yes. But this is a lady, not a gentle-man. I'm a doctor, and she's ill. Take her hand, so I can help her better. '
The postman took Merrick's left hand, and I helped him with two hands from behind. Slowly, very slowly, Merrick went up the steps and into the cab.
One boy was very near the cab. He called to his friends. 'Come and see this, boys! A fat lady in a black coat! And look at that enormous hat! '
The boys laughed. They were very near the cab too, now. I closed the door quickly. 'Thank you, 'I said to the postman.
'That's all right, sir, 'he said. 'She's a strange lady, sir, isn't she？''She's ill, that's all, 'I said quickly. 'We're going to the hospital. Goodbye, and thank you. '
The cab drove down the road to the hospital. I locked at Merrick. 'That was difficult, wasn't it？'I said.
At first he said nothing, but then he spoke. His voice was very strange, but I listened to him carefully, and I could understand him.
'The steps were very difficult, 'he said. 'But most things are difficult for me. '
'Yes, 'I said. ' Nothing is easy for you, is it？''No, 'he said. He was very quiet for a minute. Then he said, 'Who are you, sir？'
'Who am I？Oh, I'm sorry, My name is Dr Treves. Here, this is my card. '
I gave him a card with my name on. Then I thought, 'That was no good. This man can't read. 'But Merrick took the card and looked at it very carefully. Then he put it in his trousers pocket.
I did not talk to him very much at the hospital. I looked at his head and arms and legs and body very carefully. Then I wrote the important things about him in a little book. A nurse helped me. Merrick looked at her sometimes, but she did not smile at him or talk to him. I think she was afraid of him. I think Merrick was afraid too, because he was very quiet.
At four o'clock I took him back to the shop in a cab. The next day I looked in the shop window again, but the picture was not there.