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seeing the face, and my seeing him, were simultaneous. I don't
think I had stopped in my surprise; but, in any case, as I went on,
he rose, turned, and came down towards me. I stood face to face
with Mr. Peggotty!
Then I remembered the woman. It was Martha, to whom Emily had
given the money that night in the kitchen. Martha Endell - side by
side with whom, he would not have seen his dear niece, Ham had told
me, for all the treasures wrecked in the sea.
We shook hands heartily. At first, neither of us could speak a
'Mas'r Davy!' he said, gripping me tight, 'it do my art good to see
you, sir. Well met, well met!'
'Well met, my dear old friend!' said I.
'I had my thowts o' coming to make inquiration for you, sir,
tonight,' he said, 'but knowing as your aunt was living along wi'
you - fur I've been down yonder - Yarmouth way - I was afeerd it
was too late. I should have come early in the morning, sir, afore
'Again?' said I.
'Yes, sir,' he replied, patiently shaking his head, 'I'm away
'Where were you going now?' I asked.
'Well!' he replied, shaking the snow out of his long hair, 'I was
a-going to turn in somewheers.'
In those days there was a side-entrance to the stable-yard of the
Golden Cross, the inn so memorable to me in connexion with his
misfortune, nearly opposite to where we stood. I pointed out the
gateway, put my arm through his, and we went across. Two or three
public-rooms opened out of the stable-yard; and looking into one of
them, and finding it empty, and a good fire burning, I took him in
When I saw him in the light, I observed, not only that his hair was
long and ragged, but that his face was burnt dark by the sun. He
was greyer, the lines in his face and forehead were deeper, and he