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Chapter 52 Nicholas despairs of rescuing Madeline Bray, but plucks up hi_pirits again, and determines to attempt it. Domestic Intelligence of th_enwigses and Lillyvicks

  • Finding that Newman was determined to arrest his progress at any hazard, an_pprehensive that some well-intentioned passenger, attracted by the cry of
  • 'Stop thief,' might lay violent hands upon his person, and place him in _isagreeable predicament from which he might have some difficulty i_xtricating himself, Nicholas soon slackened his pace, and suffered Newma_oggs to come up with him: which he did, in so breathless a condition, that i_eemed impossible he could have held out for a minute longer.
  • 'I will go straight to Bray's,' said Nicholas. 'I will see this man. If ther_s a feeling of humanity lingering in his breast, a spark of consideration fo_is own child, motherless and friendless as she is, I will awaken it.'
  • 'You will not,' replied Newman. 'You will not, indeed.'
  • 'Then,' said Nicholas, pressing onward, 'I will act upon my first impulse, an_o straight to Ralph Nickleby.'
  • 'By the time you reach his house he will be in bed,' said Newman.
  • 'I'll drag him from it,' cried Nicholas.
  • 'Tut, tut,' said Noggs. 'Be yourself.'
  • 'You are the best of friends to me, Newman,' rejoined Nicholas after a pause, and taking his hand as he spoke. 'I have made head against many trials; bu_he misery of another, and such misery, is involved in this one, that _eclare to you I am rendered desperate, and know not how to act.'
  • In truth, it did seem a hopeless case. It was impossible to make any use o_uch intelligence as Newman Noggs had gleaned, when he lay concealed in th_loset. The mere circumstance of the compact between Ralph Nickleby and Grid_ould not invalidate the marriage, or render Bray averse to it, who, if he di_ot actually know of the existence of some such understanding, doubtles_uspected it. What had been hinted with reference to some fraud on Madeline, had been put, with sufficient obscurity by Arthur Gride, but coming fro_ewman Noggs, and obscured still further by the smoke of his pocket-pistol, i_ecame wholly unintelligible, and involved in utter darkness.
  • 'There seems no ray of hope,' said Nicholas.
  • 'The greater necessity for coolness, for reason, for consideration, fo_hought,' said Newman, pausing at every alternate word, to look anxiously i_is friend's face. 'Where are the brothers?'
  • 'Both absent on urgent business, as they will be for a week to come.'
  • 'Is there no way of communicating with them? No way of getting one of the_ere by tomorrow night?'
  • 'Impossible!' said Nicholas, 'the sea is between us and them. With the faires_inds that ever blew, to go and return would take three days and nights.'
  • 'Their nephew,' said Newman, 'their old clerk.'
  • 'What could either do, that I cannot?' rejoined Nicholas. 'With reference t_hem, especially, I am enjoined to the strictest silence on this subject. Wha_ight have I to betray the confidence reposed in me, when nothing but _iracle can prevent this sacrifice?'
  • 'Think,' urged Newman. 'Is there no way.'
  • 'There is none,' said Nicholas, in utter dejection. 'Not one. The fathe_rges, the daughter consents. These demons have her in their toils; lega_ight, might, power, money, and every influence are on their side. How can _ope to save her?'
  • 'Hope to the last!' said Newman, clapping him on the back. 'Always hope; that's a dear boy. Never leave off hoping; it don't answer. Do you mind me, Nick? It don't answer. Don't leave a stone unturned. It's always something, t_now you've done the most you could. But, don't leave off hoping, or it's o_o use doing anything. Hope, hope, to the last!'
  • Nicholas needed encouragement. The suddenness with which intelligence of th_wo usurers' plans had come upon him, the little time which remained fo_xertion, the probability, almost amounting to certainty itself, that a fe_ours would place Madeline Bray for ever beyond his reach, consign her t_nspeakable misery, and perhaps to an untimely death; all this quite stunne_nd overwhelmed him. Every hope connected with her that he had suffere_imself to form, or had entertained unconsciously, seemed to fall at his feet, withered and dead. Every charm with which his memory or imagination ha_urrounded her, presented itself before him, only to heighten his anguish an_dd new bitterness to his despair. Every feeling of sympathy for her forlor_ondition, and of admiration for her heroism and fortitude, aggravated th_ndignation which shook him in every limb, and swelled his heart almost t_ursting.
  • But, if Nicholas's own heart embarrassed him, Newman's came to his relief.
  • There was so much earnestness in his remonstrance, and such sincerity an_ervour in his manner, odd and ludicrous as it always was, that it imparted t_icholas new firmness, and enabled him to say, after he had walked on for som_ittle way in silence:
  • 'You read me a good lesson, Newman, and I will profit by it. One step, a_east, I may take—am bound to take indeed—and to that I will apply mysel_omorrow.'
  • 'What is that?' asked Noggs wistfully. 'Not to threaten Ralph? Not to see th_ather?'
  • 'To see the daughter, Newman,' replied Nicholas. 'To do what, after all, i_he utmost that the brothers could do, if they were here, as Heaven send the_ere! To reason with her upon this hideous union, to point out to her all th_orrors to which she is hastening; rashly, it may be, and without du_eflection. To entreat her, at least, to pause. She can have had no counsello_or her good. Perhaps even I may move her so far yet, though it is th_leventh hour, and she upon the very brink of ruin.'
  • 'Bravely spoken!' said Newman. 'Well done, well done! Yes. Very good.'
  • 'And I do declare,' cried Nicholas, with honest enthusiasm, 'that in thi_ffort I am influenced by no selfish or personal considerations, but by pit_or her, and detestation and abhorrence of this scheme; and that I would d_he same, were there twenty rivals in the field, and I the last and leas_avoured of them all.'
  • 'You would, I believe,' said Newman. 'But where are you hurrying now?'
  • 'Homewards,' answered Nicholas. 'Do you come with me, or I shall say good- night?'
  • 'I'll come a little way, if you will but walk: not run,' said Noggs.
  • 'I cannot walk tonight, Newman,' returned Nicholas, hurriedly. 'I must mov_apidly, or I could not draw my breath. I'll tell you what I've said and don_omorrow.'
  • Without waiting for a reply, he darted off at a rapid pace, and, plunging int_he crowds which thronged the street, was quickly lost to view.
  • 'He's a violent youth at times,' said Newman, looking after him; 'and yet lik_im for it. There's cause enough now, or the deuce is in it. Hope! I SAI_ope, I think! Ralph Nickleby and Gride with their heads together! And hop_or the opposite party! Ho! ho!'
  • It was with a very melancholy laugh that Newman Noggs concluded thi_oliloquy; and it was with a very melancholy shake of the head, and a ver_ueful countenance, that he turned about, and went plodding on his way.
  • This, under ordinary circumstances, would have been to some small tavern o_ram-shop; that being his way, in more senses than one. But, Newman was to_uch interested, and too anxious, to betake himself even to this resource, an_o, with many desponding and dismal reflections, went straight home.
  • It had come to pass, that afternoon, that Miss Morleena Kenwigs had receive_n invitation to repair next day, per steamer from Westminster Bridge, unt_he Eel-pie Island at Twickenham: there to make merry upon a cold collation, bottled beer, shrub, and shrimps, and to dance in the open air to the music o_ locomotive band, conveyed thither for the purpose: the steamer bein_pecially engaged by a dancing-master of extensive connection for th_ccommodation of his numerous pupils, and the pupils displaying thei_ppreciation of the dancing-master's services, by purchasing themselves, an_nducing their friends to do the like, divers light- blue tickets, entitlin_hem to join the expedition. Of these light- blue tickets, one had bee_resented by an ambitious neighbour to Miss Morleena Kenwigs, with a_nvitation to join her daughters; and Mrs Kenwigs, rightly deeming that th_onour of the family was involved in Miss Morleena's making the most splendi_ppearance possible on so short a notice, and testifying to the dancing-maste_hat there were other dancing-masters besides him, and to all fathers an_others present that other people's children could learn to be genteel beside_heirs, had fainted away twice under the magnitude of her preparations, but, upheld by a determination to sustain the family name or perish in the attempt, was still hard at work when Newman Noggs came home.
  • Now, between the italian-ironing of frills, the flouncing of trousers, th_rimming of frocks, the faintings and the comings-to again, incidental to th_ccasion, Mrs Kenwigs had been so entirely occupied, that she had no_bserved, until within half an hour before, that the flaxen tails of Mis_orleena's hair were, in a manner, run to seed; and that, unless she were pu_nder the hands of a skilful hairdresser, she never could achieve that signa_riumph over the daughters of all other people, anything less than which woul_e tantamount to defeat. This discovery drove Mrs Kenwigs to despair; for th_airdresser lived three streets and eight dangerous crossings off; Morleen_ould not be trusted to go there alone, even if such a proceeding wer_trictly proper: of which Mrs Kenwigs had her doubts; Mr Kenwigs had no_eturned from business; and there was nobody to take her. So, Mrs Kenwig_irst slapped Miss Kenwigs for being the cause of her vexation, and then she_ears.
  • 'You ungrateful child!' said Mrs Kenwigs, 'after I have gone through what _ave, this night, for your good.'
  • 'I can't help it, ma,' replied Morleena, also in tears; 'my hair WILL grow.'
  • 'Don't talk to me, you naughty thing!' said Mrs Kenwigs, 'don't! Even if I wa_o trust you by yourself and you were to escape being run over, I know you'_un in to Laura Chopkins,' who was the daughter of the ambitious neighbour,
  • 'and tell her what you're going to wear tomorrow, I know you would. You've n_roper pride in yourself, and are not to be trusted out of sight for a_nstant.'
  • Deploring the evil-mindedness of her eldest daughter in these terms, Mr_enwigs distilled fresh drops of vexation from her eyes, and declared that sh_id believe there never was anybody so tried as she was. Thereupon, Morleen_enwigs wept afresh, and they bemoaned themselves together.
  • Matters were at this point, as Newman Noggs was heard to limp past the door o_is way upstairs; when Mrs Kenwigs, gaining new hope from the sound of hi_ootsteps, hastily removed from her countenance as many traces of her lat_motion as were effaceable on so short a notice: and presenting herself befor_im, and representing their dilemma, entreated that he would escort Morleen_o the hairdresser's shop.
  • 'I wouldn't ask you, Mr Noggs,' said Mrs Kenwigs, 'if I didn't know what _ood, kind-hearted creature you are; no, not for worlds. I am a wea_onstitution, Mr Noggs, but my spirit would no more let me ask a favour wher_ thought there was a chance of its being refused, than it would let me submi_o see my children trampled down and trod upon, by envy and lowness!'
  • Newman was too good-natured not to have consented, even without this avowal o_onfidence on the part of Mrs Kenwigs. Accordingly, a very few minutes ha_lapsed, when he and Miss Morleena were on their way to the hairdresser's.
  • It was not exactly a hairdresser's; that is to say, people of a coarse an_ulgar turn of mind might have called it a barber's; for they not only cut an_urled ladies elegantly, and children carefully, but shaved gentlemen easily.
  • Still, it was a highly genteel establishment—quite first-rate in fact—an_here were displayed in the window, besides other elegancies, waxen busts of _ight lady and a dark gentleman which were the admiration of the whol_eighbourhood. Indeed, some ladies had gone so far as to assert, that the dar_entleman was actually a portrait of the spirted young proprietor; and th_reat similarity between their head-dresses—both wore very glossy hair, with _arrow walk straight down the middle, and a profusion of flat circular curl_n both sides—encouraged the idea. The better informed among the sex, however, made light of this assertion, for however willing they were (and they wer_ery willing) to do full justice to the handsome face and figure of th_roprietor, they held the countenance of the dark gentleman in the window t_e an exquisite and abstract idea of masculine beauty, realised sometimes, perhaps, among angels and military men, but very rarely embodied to gladde_he eyes of mortals.
  • It was to this establishment that Newman Noggs led Miss Kenwigs in safety. Th_roprietor, knowing that Miss Kenwigs had three sisters, each with two flaxe_ails, and all good for sixpence apiece, once a month at least, promptl_eserted an old gentleman whom he had just lathered for shaving, and handin_im over to the journeyman, (who was not very popular among the ladies, b_eason of his obesity and middle age,) waited on the young lady himself.
  • Just as this change had been effected, there presented himself for shaving, _ig, burly, good-humoured coal-heaver with a pipe in his mouth, who, drawin_is hand across his chin, requested to know when a shaver would be disengaged.
  • The journeyman, to whom this question was put, looked doubtfully at the youn_roprietor, and the young proprietor looked scornfully at the coal-heaver: observing at the same time:
  • 'You won't get shaved here, my man.'
  • 'Why not?' said the coal-heaver.
  • 'We don't shave gentlemen in your line,' remarked the young proprietor.
  • 'Why, I see you a shaving of a baker, when I was a looking through the winder, last week,' said the coal-heaver.
  • 'It's necessary to draw the line somewheres, my fine feller,' replied th_rincipal. 'We draw the line there. We can't go beyond bakers. If we was t_et any lower than bakers, our customers would desert us, and we might shut u_hop. You must try some other establishment, sir. We couldn't do it here.'
  • The applicant stared; grinned at Newman Noggs, who appeared highl_ntertained; looked slightly round the shop, as if in depreciation of th_omatum pots and other articles of stock; took his pipe out of his mouth an_ave a very loud whistle; and then put it in again, and walked out.
  • The old gentleman who had just been lathered, and who was sitting in _elancholy manner with his face turned towards the wall, appeared quit_nconscious of this incident, and to be insensible to everything around him i_he depth of a reverie—a very mournful one, to judge from the sighs h_ccasionally vented—in which he was absorbed. Affected by this example, th_roprietor began to clip Miss Kenwigs, the journeyman to scrape the ol_entleman, and Newman Noggs to read last Sunday's paper, all three in silence: when Miss Kenwigs uttered a shrill little scream, and Newman, raising hi_yes, saw that it had been elicited by the circumstance of the old gentlema_urning his head, and disclosing the features of Mr Lillyvick the collector.
  • The features of Mr Lillyvick they were, but strangely altered. If ever an ol_entleman had made a point of appearing in public, shaved close and clean, that old gentleman was Mr Lillyvick. If ever a collector had borne himsel_ike a collector, and assumed, before all men, a solemn and portentous dignit_s if he had the world on his books and it was all two quarters in arrear, that collector was Mr Lillyvick. And now, there he sat, with the remains of _eard at least a week old encumbering his chin; a soiled and crumpled shirt- frill crouching, as it were, upon his breast, instead of standing boldly out; a demeanour so abashed and drooping, so despondent, and expressive of suc_umiliation, grief, and shame; that if the souls of forty unsubstantia_ousekeepers, all of whom had had their water cut off for non-payment of th_ate, could have been concentrated in one body, that one body could hardl_ave expressed such mortification and defeat as were now expressed in th_erson of Mr Lillyvick the collector.
  • Newman Noggs uttered his name, and Mr Lillyvick groaned: then coughed to hid_t. But the groan was a full-sized groan, and the cough was but a wheeze.
  • 'Is anything the matter?' said Newman Noggs.
  • 'Matter, sir!' cried Mr Lillyvick. 'The plug of life is dry, sir, and but th_ud is left.'
  • This speech—the style of which Newman attributed to Mr Lillyvick's recen_ssociation with theatrical characters—not being quite explanatory, Newma_ooked as if he were about to ask another question, when Mr Lillyvic_revented him by shaking his hand mournfully, and then waving his own.
  • 'Let me be shaved!' said Mr Lillyvick. 'It shall be done before Morleena; i_S Morleena, isn't it?'
  • 'Yes,' said Newman.
  • 'Kenwigses have got a boy, haven't they?' inquired the collector.
  • Again Newman said 'Yes.'
  • 'Is it a nice boy?' demanded the collector.
  • 'It ain't a very nasty one,' returned Newman, rather embarrassed by th_uestion.
  • 'Susan Kenwigs used to say,' observed the collector, 'that if ever she ha_nother boy, she hoped it might be like me. Is this one like me, Mr Noggs?'
  • This was a puzzling inquiry; but Newman evaded it, by replying to M_illyvick, that he thought the baby might possibly come like him in time.
  • 'I should be glad to have somebody like me, somehow,' said Mr Lillyvick,
  • 'before I die.'
  • 'You don't mean to do that, yet awhile?' said Newman.
  • Unto which Mr Lillyvick replied in a solemn voice, 'Let me be shaved!' an_gain consigning himself to the hands of the journeyman, said no more.
  • This was remarkable behaviour. So remarkable did it seem to Miss Morleena, that that young lady, at the imminent hazard of having her ear sliced off, ha_ot been able to forbear looking round, some score of times, during th_oregoing colloquy. Of her, however, Mr Lillyvick took no notice: rathe_triving (so, at least, it seemed to Newman Noggs) to evade her observation, and to shrink into himself whenever he attracted her regards. Newman wondere_ery much what could have occasioned this altered behaviour on the part of th_ollector; but, philosophically reflecting that he would most likely know, sooner or later, and that he could perfectly afford to wait, he was ver_ittle disturbed by the singularity of the old gentleman's deportment.
  • The cutting and curling being at last concluded, the old gentleman, who ha_een some time waiting, rose to go, and, walking out with Newman and hi_harge, took Newman's arm, and proceeded for some time without making an_bservation. Newman, who in power of taciturnity was excelled by few people, made no attempt to break silence; and so they went on, until they had ver_early reached Miss Morleena's home, when Mr Lillyvick said:
  • 'Were the Kenwigses very much overpowered, Mr Noggs, by that news?'
  • 'What news?' returned Newman.
  • 'That about—my—being—'
  • 'Married?' suggested Newman.
  • 'Ah!' replied Mr Lillyvick, with another groan; this time not even disguise_y a wheeze.
  • 'It made ma cry when she knew it,' interposed Miss Morleena, 'but we kept i_rom her for a long time; and pa was very low in his spirits, but he is bette_ow; and I was very ill, but I am better too.'
  • 'Would you give your great-uncle Lillyvick a kiss if he was to ask you, Morleena?' said the collector, with some hesitation.
  • 'Yes; uncle Lillyvick, I would,' returned Miss Morleena, with the energy o_oth her parents combined; 'but not aunt Lillyvick. She's not an aunt of mine, and I'll never call her one.'
  • Immediately upon the utterance of these words, Mr Lillyvick caught Mis_orleena up in his arms, and kissed her; and, being by this time at the doo_f the house where Mr Kenwigs lodged (which, as has been before mentioned, usually stood wide open), he walked straight up into Mr Kenwigs's sitting- room, and put Miss Morleena down in the midst. Mr and Mrs Kenwigs were a_upper. At sight of their perjured relative, Mrs Kenwigs turned faint an_ale, and Mr Kenwigs rose majestically.
  • 'Kenwigs,' said the collector, 'shake hands.'
  • 'Sir,' said Mr Kenwigs, 'the time has been, when I was proud to shake hand_ith such a man as that man as now surweys me. The time has been, sir,' sai_r Kenwigs, 'when a wisit from that man has excited in me and my family'_oozums sensations both nateral and awakening. But, now, I look upon that ma_ith emotions totally surpassing everythink, and I ask myself where is hi_onour, where is his straight-for'ardness, and where is his human natur?'
  • 'Susan Kenwigs,' said Mr Lillyvick, turning humbly to his niece, 'don't yo_ay anything to me?'
  • 'She is not equal to it, sir,' said Mr Kenwigs, striking the tabl_mphatically. 'What with the nursing of a healthy babby, and the reflection_pon your cruel conduct, four pints of malt liquor a day is hardly able t_ustain her.'
  • 'I am glad,' said the poor collector meekly, 'that the baby is a healthy one.
  • I am very glad of that.'
  • This was touching the Kenwigses on their tenderest point. Mrs Kenwig_nstantly burst into tears, and Mr Kenwigs evinced great emotion.
  • 'My pleasantest feeling, all the time that child was expected,' said M_enwigs, mournfully, 'was a thinking, "If it's a boy, as I hope it may be; fo_ have heard its uncle Lillyvick say again and again he would prefer ou_aving a boy next, if it's a boy, what will his uncle Lillyvick say? What wil_e like him to be called? Will he be Peter, or Alexander, or Pompey, o_iorgeenes, or what will he be?" And now when I look at him; a precious, unconscious, helpless infant, with no use in his little arms but to tear hi_ittle cap, and no use in his little legs but to kick his little self—when _ee him a lying on his mother's lap, cooing and cooing, and, in his innocen_tate, almost a choking hisself with his little fist—when I see him such _nfant as he is, and think that that uncle Lillyvick, as was once a-going t_e so fond of him, has withdrawed himself away, such a feeling of wengeanc_omes over me as no language can depicter, and I feel as if even that hol_abe was a telling me to hate him.'
  • This affecting picture moved Mrs Kenwigs deeply. After several imperfec_ords, which vainly attempted to struggle to the surface, but were drowned an_ashed away by the strong tide of her tears, she spake.
  • 'Uncle,' said Mrs Kenwigs, 'to think that you should have turned your bac_pon me and my dear children, and upon Kenwigs which is the author of thei_eing—you who was once so kind and affectionate, and who, if anybody had tol_s such a thing of, we should have withered with scorn like lightning—you tha_ittle Lillyvick, our first and earliest boy, was named after at the ver_ltar! Oh gracious!'
  • 'Was it money that we cared for?' said Mr Kenwigs. 'Was it property that w_ver thought of?'
  • 'No,' cried Mrs Kenwigs, 'I scorn it.'
  • 'So do I,' said Mr Kenwigs, 'and always did.'
  • 'My feelings have been lancerated,' said Mrs Kenwigs, 'my heart has been tor_sunder with anguish, I have been thrown back in my confinement, m_noffending infant has been rendered uncomfortable and fractious, Morleena ha_ined herself away to nothing; all this I forget and forgive, and with you, uncle, I never can quarrel. But never ask me to receive HER, never do it, uncle. For I will not, I will not, I won't, I won't, I won't!'
  • 'Susan, my dear,' said Mr Kenwigs, 'consider your child.'
  • 'Yes,' shrieked Mrs Kenwigs, 'I will consider my child! I will consider m_hild! My own child, that no uncles can deprive me of; my own hated, despised, deserted, cut-off little child.' And, here, the emotions of Mrs Kenwigs becam_o violent, that Mr Kenwigs was fain to administer hartshorn internally, an_inegar externally, and to destroy a staylace, four petticoat strings, an_everal small buttons.
  • Newman had been a silent spectator of this scene; for Mr Lillyvick had signe_o him not to withdraw, and Mr Kenwigs had further solicited his presence by _od of invitation. When Mrs Kenwigs had been, in some degree, restored, an_ewman, as a person possessed of some influence with her, had remonstrated an_egged her to compose herself, Mr Lillyvick said in a faltering voice:
  • 'I never shall ask anybody here to receive my—I needn't mention the word; yo_now what I mean. Kenwigs and Susan, yesterday was a week she eloped with _alf-pay captain!'
  • Mr and Mrs Kenwigs started together.
  • 'Eloped with a half-pay captain,' repeated Mr Lillyvick, 'basely and falsel_loped with a half-pay captain. With a bottle-nosed captain that any man migh_ave considered himself safe from. It was in this room,' said Mr Lillyvick, looking sternly round, 'that I first see Henrietta Petowker. It is in thi_oom that I turn her off, for ever.'
  • This declaration completely changed the whole posture of affairs. Mrs Kenwig_hrew herself upon the old gentleman's neck, bitterly reproaching herself fo_er late harshness, and exclaiming, if she had suffered, what must hi_ufferings have been! Mr Kenwigs grasped his hand, and vowed eterna_riendship and remorse. Mrs Kenwigs was horror-stricken to think that sh_hould ever have nourished in her bosom such a snake, adder, viper, serpent, and base crocodile as Henrietta Petowker. Mr Kenwigs argued that she must hav_een bad indeed not to have improved by so long a contemplation of Mr_enwigs's virtue. Mrs Kenwigs remembered that Mr Kenwigs had often said tha_e was not quite satisfied of the propriety of Miss Petowker's conduct, an_ondered how it was that she could have been blinded by such a wretch. M_enwigs remembered that he had had his suspicions, but did not wonder why Mr_enwigs had not had hers, as she was all chastity, purity, and truth, an_enrietta all baseness, falsehood, and deceit. And Mr and Mrs Kenwigs bot_aid, with strong feelings and tears of sympathy, that everything happened fo_he best; and conjured the good collector not to give way to unavailing grief, but to seek consolation in the society of those affectionate relations whos_rms and hearts were ever open to him.
  • 'Out of affection and regard for you, Susan and Kenwigs,' said Mr Lillyvick,
  • 'and not out of revenge and spite against her, for she is below it, I shall, tomorrow morning, settle upon your children, and make payable to the survivor_f them when they come of age of marry, that money that I once meant to leave
  • 'em in my will. The deed shall be executed tomorrow, and Mr Noggs shall be on_f the witnesses. He hears me promise this, and he shall see it done.'
  • Overpowered by this noble and generous offer, Mr Kenwigs, Mrs Kenwigs, an_iss Morleena Kenwigs, all began to sob together; and the noise of thei_obbing, communicating itself to the next room, where the children lay a-bed, and causing them to cry too, Mr Kenwigs rushed wildly in, and bringing the_ut in his arms, by two and two, tumbled them down in their nightcaps an_owns at the feet of Mr Lillyvick, and called upon them to thank and bles_im.
  • 'And now,' said Mr Lillyvick, when a heart-rending scene had ensued and th_hildren were cleared away again, 'give me some supper. This took place twent_ile from town. I came up this morning, and have being lingering about al_ay, without being able to make up my mind to come and see you. I humoured he_n everything, she had her own way, she did just as she pleased, and now sh_as done this. There was twelve teaspoons and twenty-four pound i_overeigns—I missed them first—it's a trial—I feel I shall never be able t_nock a double knock again, when I go my rounds—don't say anything more abou_t, please—the spoons were worth—never mind—never mind!'
  • With such muttered outpourings as these, the old gentleman shed a few tears; but, they got him into the elbow-chair, and prevailed upon him, without muc_ressing, to make a hearty supper, and by the time he had finished his firs_ipe, and disposed of half-a-dozen glasses out of a crown bowl of punch, ordered by Mr Kenwigs, in celebration of his return to the bosom of hi_amily, he seemed, though still very humble, quite resigned to his fate, an_ather relieved than otherwise by the flight of his wife.
  • 'When I see that man,' said Mr Kenwigs, with one hand round Mrs Kenwigs'_aist: his other hand supporting his pipe (which made him wink and cough ver_uch, for he was no smoker): and his eyes on Morleena, who sat upon he_ncle's knee, 'when I see that man as mingling, once again, in the spear whic_e adorns, and see his affections deweloping themselves in legitimat_itiwations, I feel that his nature is as elewated and expanded, as hi_tanding afore society as a public character is unimpeached, and the woices o_y infant children purvided for in life, seem to whisper to me softly, "Thi_s an ewent at which Evins itself looks down!"'