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afterwards, Master Percy Crummles entered with a letter, which
had arrived by the General Post, and was directed to his gracious
mother; at sight of the superscription whereof, Mrs Crummles
exclaimed, ‘From Henrietta Petowker, I do declare!’ and instantly
became absorbed in the contents.

‘Is it--?’ inquired Mr Crummles, hesitating.
‘Oh, yes, it’s all right,’ replied Mrs Crummles, anticipating the
question. ‘What an excellent thing for her, to be sure!’

‘It’s the best thing altogether, that I ever heard of, I think,’ said
Mr Crummles; and then Mr Crummles, Mrs Crummles, and
Master Percy Crummles, all fell to laughing violently. Nicholas left
them to enjoy their mirth together, and walked to his lodgings;
wondering very much what mystery connected with Miss
Petowker could provoke such merriment, and pondering still
more on the extreme surprise with which that lady would regard
his sudden enlistment in a profession of which she was such a
distinguished and brilliant ornament.

But, in this latter respect he was mistaken; for--whether Mr
Vincent Crummles had paved the way, or Miss Petowker had
some special reason for treating him with even more than her
usual amiability--their meeting at the theatre next day was more
like that of two dear friends who had been inseparable from
infancy, than a recognition passing between a lady and gentleman
who had only met some half-dozen times, and then by mere
chance. Nay, Miss Petowker even whispered that she had wholly
dropped the Kenwigses in her conversations with the manager’s
family, and had represented herself as having encountered Mr
Johnson in the very first and most fashionable circles; and on
Nicholas receiving this intelligence with unfeigned surprise, she

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