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Chapter 61

Wherein Nicholas and his Sister forfeit the good
Opinion of all worldly and prudent People.

On the next morning after Brooker’s disclosure had been
made, Nicholas returned home. The meeting between him
and those whom he had left there was not without strong
emotion on both sides; for they had been informed by his letters of
what had occurred: and, besides that his griefs were theirs, they
mourned with him the death of one whose forlorn and helpless
state had first established a claim upon their compassion, and
whose truth of heart and grateful earnest nature had, every day,
endeared him to them more and more.

‘I am sure,’ said Mrs Nickleby, wiping her eyes, and sobbing
bitterly, ‘I have lost the best, the most zealous, and most attentive
creature that has ever been a companion to me in my life--putting
you, my dear Nicholas, and Kate, and your poor papa, and that
well-behaved nurse who ran away with the linen and the twelve
small forks, out of the question, of course. Of all the tractable,
equal-tempered, attached, and faithful beings that ever lived, I
believe he was the most so. To look round upon the garden, now,
that he took so much pride in, or to go into his room and see it
filled with so many of those little contrivances for our comfort that
he was so fond of making, and made so well, and so little thought
he would leave unfinished--I can’t bear it, I cannot really. Ah!
This is a great trial to me, a great trial. It will be comfort to you,
my dear Nicholas, to the end of your life, to recollect how kind and

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