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bread and meat, but with sundry shillings and sixpences to help
them on their way. To this rumour John always returned a stout
denial, which he accompanied, however, with a lurking grin, that
rendered the suspicious doubtful, and fully confirmed all previous

There were a few timid young children, who, miserable as they
had been, and many as were the tears they had shed in the
wretched school, still knew no other home, and had formed for it a
sort of attachment, which made them weep when the bolder
spirits fled, and cling to it as a refuge. Of these, some were found
crying under hedges and in such places, frightened at the solitude.
One had a dead bird in a little cage; he had wandered nearly
twenty miles, and when his poor favourite died, lost courage, and
lay down beside him. Another was discovered in a yard hard by
the school, sleeping with a dog, who bit at those who came to
remove him, and licked the sleeping child’s pale face.

They were taken back, and some other stragglers were
recovered, but by degrees they were claimed, or lost again; and, in
course of time, Dotheboys Hall and its last breaking-up began to
be forgotten by the neighbours, or to be only spoken of as among
the things that had been.

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