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“And all I can say of it is,” laughed Stryver with a vexed laugh,
“that this-ha, ha!- beats everything past, present, and to come.”
“Now understand me,” pursued Mr. Lorry. “As a man of business,
I am not justified in saying anything about this matter, for, as a
man of business, I know nothing of it. But, as an old fellow, who
has carried Miss Manette in his arms, who is the trusted friend of
Miss Manette and of her father too, and who has a great affection
for them both, I have spoken. The confidence is not of my seeking,
recollect. Now, you think I may not be right?” “Not I!” said
Stryver, whistling. “I can’t undertake to find third parties in
common sense; I can only find it for myself. I suppose sense in
certain quarters; you suppose mincing bread-and-butter nonsense.
It’s new to me, but you are right, I dare say.” “What I suppose, Mr.
Stryver, I claim to characterise for myself. And understand me,
sir,” said Mr. Lorry, quickly flushing again, “I will not-not even at
Tellson’s-have it characterised for me by any gentleman
breathing.” “There! I beg your pardon!” said Stryver.

“Granted. Thank you. Well, Mr. Stryver, I was about to say:- it
might be painful to you to find yourself mistaken, it might be
painful to Doctor Manette to have the task of being explicit with
you, it might be very painful to Miss Manette to have the task of
being explicit with you. You know the terms upon which I have the
honour and happiness to stand with the family. If you please,
commit-ting you in no way, representing you in no way, I will
undertake to correct my advice by the exercise of a little new
observation and judgment expressly brought to bear upon it. If you
should then be dissatisfied with it, you can but test its soundness
for yourself; if, on the other hand, you should be satisfied with it,
and it should be what it now is, it may spare all sides what is best
spared. What do you say?” “How long would you keep me in
town?” “Oh! It is only a question of a few hours. I could go to Soho
in the evening, and come to your chambers afterwards.” “Then I
say yes,” said Stryver: “I won’t go up there now, I am not so hot
upon it as that comes to; I say yes, and I shall expect you to look in

Good morning.” Then Mr. Stryver turned and burst out of the
Bank, causing such a concussion of air on his passage through, that
to stand up against it bowing behind the two counters, required the
utmost remaining strength of the two ancient clerks. Those
venerable and feeble persons were always seen by the public in the
act of bowing, and were popularly believed, when they had bowed
a customer out, still to keep on bowing in the empty office until
they bowed another customer in.
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