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carry, but I fear we must have a coach.’

‘I’ll get one,’ replied Newman.
‘Indeed you shall not trouble yourself,’ said Mrs Nickleby.
‘I will,’ said Newman.

‘I can’t suffer you to think of such a thing,’ said Mrs Nickleby.
‘You can’t help it,’ said Newman.

‘Not help it!’
‘No; I thought of it as I came along; but didn’t get one, thinking
you mightn’t be ready. I think of a great many things. Nobody can
prevent that.’

‘Oh yes, I understand you, Mr Noggs,’ said Mrs Nickleby. ‘Our
thoughts are free, of course. Everybody’s thoughts are their own,

‘They wouldn’t be, if some people had their way,’ muttered

‘Well, no more they would, Mr Noggs, and that’s very true,’
rejoined Mrs Nickleby. ‘Some people to be sure are such--how’s
your master?’

Newman darted a meaning glance at Kate, and replied with a
strong emphasis on the last word of his answer, that Mr Ralph
Nickleby was well, and sent his love.

‘I am sure we are very much obliged to him,’ observed Mrs

‘Very,’ said Newman. ‘I’ll tell him so.’
It was no very easy matter to mistake Newman Noggs, after
having once seen him, and as Kate, attracted by the singularity of
his manner (in which on this occasion, however, there was
something respectful and even delicate, notwithstanding the
abruptness of his speech), looked at him more closely, she

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