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never to help him in his plots and schemes again? Isn’t it an
infernal shame?’

Pyke asked Pluck whether it was not an infernal shame, and
Pluck asked Pyke; but neither answered.

‘Isn’t it the truth?’ demanded Verisopht. ‘Wasn’t it so?’
‘Wasn’t it so!’ repeated Sir Mulberry. ‘How would you have had
it? How could we have got a general invitation at first sight--come
when you like, go when you like, stop as long as you like, do what
you like--if you, the lord, had not made yourself agreeable to the
foolish mistress of the house? Do I care for this girl, except as your
friend? Haven’t I been sounding your praises in her ears, and
bearing her pretty sulks and peevishness all night for you? What
sort of stuff do you think I’m made of? Would I do this for every
man? Don’t I deserve even gratitude in return?’

‘You’re a deyvlish good fellow,’ said the poor young lord, taking
his friend’s arm. ‘Upon my life you’re a deyvlish good fellow,

‘And I have done right, have I?’ demanded Sir Mulberry.
‘Quite ri-ght.’

‘And like a poor, silly, good-natured, friendly dog as I am, eh?’
‘Ye--es, ye--es; like a friend,’ replied the other.

‘Well then,’ replied Sir Mulberry, ‘I’m satisfied. And now let’s
go and have our revenge on the German baron and the
Frenchman, who cleaned you out so handsomely last night.’

With these words the friendly creature took his companion’s
arm and led him away, turning half round as he did so, and
bestowing a wink and a contemptuous smile on Messrs Pyke and
Pluck, who, cramming their handkerchiefs into their mouths to
denote their silent enjoyment of the whole proceedings, followed

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