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‘Why, I think I should even have known you if I had met you in
the street,’ said Miss La Creevy, with a smile. ‘Hannah, another
cup and saucer. Now, I’ll tell you what, young man; I’ll trouble you
not to repeat the impertinence you were guilty of, on the morning
you went away.’

‘You would not be very angry, would you?’ asked Nicholas.
‘Wouldn’t I!’ said Miss La Creevy. ‘You had better try; that’s

Nicholas, with becoming gallantry, immediately took Miss La
Creevy at her word, who uttered a faint scream and slapped his
face; but it was not a very hard slap, and that’s the truth.

‘I never saw such a rude creature!’ exclaimed Miss La Creevy.
‘You told me to try,’ said Nicholas.

‘Well; but I was speaking ironically,’ rejoined Miss La Creevy.
‘Oh! that’s another thing,’ said Nicholas; ‘you should have told
me that, too.’

‘I dare say you didn’t know, indeed!’ retorted Miss La Creevy.
‘But, now I look at you again, you seem thinner than when I saw
you last, and your face is haggard and pale. And how come you to
have left Yorkshire?’

She stopped here; for there was so much heart in her altered
tone and manner, that Nicholas was quite moved.

‘I need look somewhat changed,’ he said, after a short silence;
‘for I have undergone some suffering, both of mind and body,
since I left London. I have been very poor, too, and have even
suffered from want.’

‘Good Heaven, Mr Nicholas!’ exclaimed Miss La Creevy, ‘what
are you telling me?’

‘Nothing which need distress you quite so much,’ answered

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