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Chapter 28

Miss Nickleby, rendered desperate by the
Persecution of Sir Mulberry Hawk, and the
Complicated Difficulties and Distresses which
surround her, appeals, as a last resource, to her
Uncle for Protection.

The ensuing morning brought reflection with it, as morning
usually does; but widely different was the train of thought
it awakened in the different persons who had been so
unexpectedly brought together on the preceding evening, by the
active agency of Messrs Pyke and Pluck.

The reflections of Sir Mulberry Hawk--if such a term can be
applied to the thoughts of the systematic and calculating man of
dissipation, whose joys, regrets, pains, and pleasures, are all of
self, and who would seem to retain nothing of the intellectual
faculty but the power to debase himself, and to degrade the very
nature whose outward semblance he wears--the reflections of Sir
Mulberry Hawk turned upon Kate Nickleby, and were, in brief,
that she was undoubtedly handsome; that her coyness must be
easily conquerable by a man of his address and experience, and
that the pursuit was one which could not fail to redound to his
credit, and greatly to enhance his reputation with the world. And
lest this last consideration--no mean or secondary one with Sir
Mulberry--should sound strangely in the ears of some, let it be
remembered that most men live in a world of their own, and that

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