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hard service, I will live, at least, in peace, and trust in God to help

With these words, she waved her hand, and quitted the room,
leaving Ralph Nickleby motionless as a statue.

The surprise with which Kate, as she closed the room-door,
beheld, close beside it, Newman Noggs standing bolt upright in a
little niche in the wall like some scarecrow or Guy Faux laid up in
winter quarters, almost occasioned her to call aloud. But, Newman
laying his finger upon his lips, she had the presence of mind to

‘Don’t,’ said Newman, gliding out of his recess, and
accompanying her across the hall. ‘Don’t cry, don’t cry.’ Two very
large tears, by-the-bye, were running down Newman’s face as he

‘I see how it is,’ said poor Noggs, drawing from his pocket what
seemed to be a very old duster, and wiping Kate’s eyes with it, as
gently as if she were an infant. ‘You’re giving way now. Yes, yes,
very good; that’s right, I like that. It was right not to give way
before him. Yes, yes! Ha, ha, ha! Oh, yes. Poor thing!’

With these disjointed exclamations, Newman wiped his own
eyes with the afore-mentioned duster, and, limping to the street-
door, opened it to let her out.

‘Don’t cry any more,’ whispered Newman. ‘I shall see you soon.
Ha! ha! ha! And so shall somebody else too. Yes, yes. Ho! ho!’

‘God bless you,’ answered Kate, hurrying out, ‘God bless you.’
‘Same to you,’ rejoined Newman, opening the door again a little
way to say so. ‘Ha, ha, ha! Ho! ho! ho!’

And Newman Noggs opened the door once again to nod
cheerfully, and laugh--and shut it, to shake his head mournfully,

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