Support the Monkey! Tell All your Friends and Teachers
as if they were for herself, that she can!'
The delight with which Traddles propounded this plan to me, and the
sense he had of its uncommon artfulness, are among the freshest
things in my remembrance.
I told him that my old nurse would be delighted to assist him, and
that we would all three take the field together, but on one
condition. That condition was, that he should make a solemn
resolution to grant no more loans of his name, or anything else, to
'My dear Copperfield,' said Traddles, 'I have already done so,
because I begin to feel that I have not only been inconsiderate,
but that I have been positively unjust to Sophy. My word being
passed to myself, there is no longer any apprehension; but I pledge
it to you, too, with the greatest readiness. That first unlucky
obligation, I have paid. I have no doubt Mr. Micawber would have
paid it if he could, but he could not. One thing I ought to
mention, which I like very much in Mr. Micawber, Copperfield. It
refers to the second obligation, which is not yet due. He don't
tell me that it is provided for, but he says it WILL BE. Now, I
think there is something very fair and honest about that!'
I was unwilling to damp my good friend's confidence, and therefore
assented. After a little further conversation, we went round to
the chandler's shop, to enlist Peggotty; Traddles declining to pass
the evening with me, both because he endured the liveliest
apprehensions that his property would be bought by somebody else
before he could re-purchase it, and because it was the evening he
always devoted to writing to the dearest girl in the world.
I never shall forget him peeping round the corner of the street in
Tottenham Court Road, while Peggotty was bargaining for the
precious articles; or his agitation when she came slowly towards us
after vainly offering a price, and was hailed by the relenting
broker, and went back again. The end of the negotiation was, that
she bought the property on tolerably easy terms, and Traddles was
transported with pleasure.
'I am very much obliged to you, indeed,' said Traddles, on hearing
it was to be sent to where he lived, that night. 'If I might ask
one other favour, I hope you would not think it absurd,