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Nickleby’s arriving at this happy consummation in the compass of
an ordinary lifetime; but the good lady set that question entirely at
rest, by informing them that she had a presentiment on the
subject--a species of second-sight with which she had been in the
habit of clenching every argument with the deceased Mr Nickleby,
and, in nine cases and three-quarters out of every ten,
determining it the wrong way.
‘I am afraid it is an unhealthy occupation,’ said Miss La Creevy.
‘I recollect getting three young milliners to sit to me, when I first
began to paint, and I remember that they were all very pale and
‘Oh! that’s not a general rule by any means,’ observed Mrs
Nickleby; ‘for I remember, as well as if it was only yesterday,
employing one that I was particularly recommended to, to make
me a scarlet cloak at the time when scarlet cloaks were
fashionable, and she had a very red face--a very red face, indeed.’
‘Perhaps she drank,’ suggested Miss La Creevy.
‘I don’t know how that may have been,’ returned Mrs Nickleby:
‘but I know she had a very red face, so your argument goes for
In this manner, and with like powerful reasoning, did the
worthy matron meet every little objection that presented itself to
the new scheme of the morning. Happy Mrs Nickleby! A project
had but to be new, and it came home to her mind, brightly
varnished and gilded as a glittering toy.
This question disposed of, Kate communicated her uncle’s
desire about the empty house, to which Mrs Nickleby assented
with equal readiness, characteristically remarking, that, on the
fine evenings, it would be a pleasant amusement for her to walk to