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London at those periods when the cares of business obliged both
families to reside there, and always preserving a great appearance
of dignity, and relating her experiences (especially on points
connected with the management and bringing-up of children) with
much solemnity and importance. It was a very long time before
she could be induced to receive Mrs Linkinwater into favour, and
it is even doubtful whether she ever thoroughly forgave her.
There was one grey-haired, quiet, harmless gentleman, who,
winter and summer, lived in a little cottage hard by Nicholas’s
house, and, when he was not there, assumed the superintendence
of affairs. His chief pleasure and delight was in the children, with
whom he was a child himself, and master of the revels. The little
people could do nothing without dear Newman Noggs.
The grass was green above the dead boy’s grave, and trodden
by feet so small and light, that not a daisy drooped its head
beneath their pressure. Through all the spring and summertime,
garlands of fresh flowers, wreathed by infant hands, rested on the
stone; and, when the children came to change them lest they
should wither and be pleasant to him no longer, their eyes filled
with tears, and they spoke low and softly of their poor dead cousin.