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Chapter 29

Of the Proceedings of Nicholas, and certain Internal
Divisions in the Company of Mr Vincent Crummles.

The unexpected success and favour with which his
experiment at Portsmouth had been received, induced Mr
Crummles to prolong his stay in that town for a fortnight
beyond the period he had originally assigned for the duration of
his visit, during which time Nicholas personated a vast variety of
characters with undiminished success, and attracted so many
people to the theatre who had never been seen there before, that a
benefit was considered by the manager a very promising
speculation. Nicholas assenting to the terms proposed, the benefit
was had, and by it he realised no less a sum than twenty pounds.

Possessed of this unexpected wealth, his first act was to enclose
to honest John Browdie the amount of his friendly loan, which he
accompanied with many expressions of gratitude and esteem, and
many cordial wishes for his matrimonial happiness. To Newman
Noggs he forwarded one half of the sum he had realised,
entreating him to take an opportunity of handing it to Kate in
secret, and conveying to her the warmest assurances of his love
and affection. He made no mention of the way in which he had
employed himself; merely informing Newman that a letter
addressed to him under his assumed name at the Post Office,
Portsmouth, would readily find him, and entreating that worthy
friend to write full particulars of the situation of his mother and
sister, and an account of all the grand things that Ralph Nickleby

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