Jill and John and Laura, who had been unobtrusively - they hoped - peeping behind the girl as she and Penny were talking, were itching to get inside. Penny, who was wondering why the girl had been crying, said without much conviction, "We don't want to bother you-"
"Bother us!" said the girl. "We haven't spoken to anyone in a fortnight! Come in."
From THREEPENNY BIT, Chapter 5, Showers of Pennies.