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comply, and to shape his course towards Golden Square, after
interchanging many hearty and affectionate farewells, and many
times turning back to wave his hat to the two wayfarers when they
had become mere specks in the distance.

‘Now listen to me, Smike,’ said Nicholas, as they trudged with
stout hearts onwards. ‘We are bound for Portsmouth.’

Smike nodded his head and smiled, but expressed no other
emotion; for whether they had been bound for Portsmouth or Port
Royal would have been alike to him, so they had been bound

‘I don’t know much of these matters,’ resumed Nicholas; ‘but
Portsmouth is a seaport town, and if no other employment is to be
obtained, I should think we might get on board some ship. I am
young and active, and could be useful in many ways. So could

‘I hope so,’ replied Smike. ‘When I was at that--you know
where I mean?’

‘Yes, I know,’ said Nicholas. ‘You needn’t name the place.’
‘Well, when I was there,’ resumed Smike; his eyes sparkling at
the prospect of displaying his abilities; ‘I could milk a cow, and
groom a horse, with anybody.’

‘Ha!’ said Nicholas, gravely. ‘I am afraid they don’t keep many
animals of either kind on board ship, Smike, and even when they
have horses, that they are not very particular about rubbing them
down; still you can learn to do something else, you know. Where
there’s a will, there’s a way.’

‘And I am very willing,’ said Smike, brightening up again.
‘God knows you are,’ rejoined Nicholas; ‘and if you fail, it shall
go hard but I’ll do enough for us both.’

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