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resolution is taken. Now, my good friend, speak out; for the time
for any palliation or concealment is past, and nothing will avail
Ralph Nickleby now.’

‘Your dress is torn in several places; you walk lame, and I am
sure you are suffering pain,’ said Newman. ‘Let me see to your
hurts first.’

‘I have no hurts to see to, beyond a little soreness and stiffness
that will soon pass off,’ said Nicholas, seating himself with some
difficulty. ‘But if I had fractured every limb, and still preserved my
senses, you should not bandage one till you had told me what I
have the right to know. Come,’ said Nicholas, giving his hand to
Noggs. ‘You had a sister of your own, you told me once, who died
before you fell into misfortune. Now think of her, and tell me,

‘Yes, I will, I will,’ said Noggs. ‘I’ll tell you the whole truth.’
Newman did so. Nicholas nodded his head from time to time, as
it corroborated the particulars he had already gleaned; but he
fixed his eyes upon the fire, and did not look round once.

His recital ended, Newman insisted upon his young friend’s
stripping off his coat and allowing whatever injuries he had
received to be properly tended. Nicholas, after some opposition, at
length consented, and, while some pretty severe bruises on his
arms and shoulders were being rubbed with oil and vinegar, and
various other efficacious remedies which Newman borrowed from
the different lodgers, related in what manner they had been
received. The recital made a strong impression on the warm
imagination of Newman; for when Nicholas came to the violent
part of the quarrel, he rubbed so hard, as to occasion him the most
exquisite pain, which he would not have exhibited, however, for

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