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falling more and more. ‘I came to ask you to receive his sister in
case he brought her here, but--’

‘But this is a matter of much greater importance,’ interrupted
Miss La Creevy; ‘that you might have been sure of before you
came, but the end of this, nobody can foresee, unless you are very
guarded and careful.’

‘What can I do?’ cried Newman, scratching his head with an air
of great vexation and perplexity. ‘If he was to talk of pistoling ’em
all, I should be obliged to say, “Certainly--serve ’em right.”’

Miss La Creevy could not suppress a small shriek on hearing
this, and instantly set about extorting a solemn pledge from
Newman that he would use his utmost endeavours to pacify the
wrath of Nicholas; which, after some demur, was conceded. They
then consulted together on the safest and surest mode of
communicating to him the circumstances which had rendered his
presence necessary.

‘He must have time to cool before he can possibly do anything,’
said Miss La Creevy. ‘That is of the greatest consequence. He must
not be told until late at night.’

‘But he’ll be in town between six and seven this evening,’
replied Newman. ‘I can’t keep it from him when he asks me.’

‘Then you must go out, Mr Noggs,’ said Miss La Creevy. ‘You
can easily have been kept away by business, and must not return
till nearly midnight.’

‘Then he will come straight here,’ retorted Newman.
‘So I suppose,’ observed Miss La Creevy; ‘but he won’t find me
at home, for I’ll go straight to the city the instant you leave me,
make up matters with Mrs Nickleby, and take her away to the
theatre, so that he may not even know where his sister lives.’

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