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there is in that romance, the better.
The life to which poor Kate Nickleby was devoted, in
consequence of the unforeseen train of circumstances already
developed in this narrative, was a hard one; but lest the very
dulness, unhealthy confinement, and bodily fatigue, which made
up its sum and substance, should deprive it of any interest with
the mass of the charitable and sympathetic, I would rather keep
Miss Nickleby herself in view just now, than chill them in the
outset, by a minute and lengthened description of the
establishment presided over by Madame Mantalini.
‘Well, now, indeed, Madame Mantalini,’ said Miss Knag, as Kate
was taking her weary way homewards on the first night of her
novitiate; ‘that Miss Nickleby is a very creditable young person--a
very creditable young person indeed--hem--upon my word,
Madame Mantalini, it does very extraordinary credit even to your
discrimination that you should have found such a very excellent,
very well-behaved, very--hem--very unassuming young woman to
assist in the fitting on. I have seen some young women when they
had the opportunity of displaying before their betters, behave in
such a--oh, dear--well--but you’re always right, Madame
Mantalini, always; and as I very often tell the young ladies, how
you do contrive to be always right, when so many people are so
often wrong, is to me a mystery indeed.’
‘Beyond putting a very excellent client out of humour, Miss
Nickleby has not done anything very remarkable today--that I am
aware of, at least,’ said Madame Mantalini in reply.
‘Oh, dear!’ said Miss Knag; ‘but you must allow a great deal for
inexperience, you know.’
‘And youth?’ inquired Madame.