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referred to the doubtful page, who appeared with dishevelled hair
and a very warm and glossy face, as of a page who had just got out
of bed.

By this young gentleman he was informed that Miss Nickleby
was then taking her morning’s walk in the gardens before the
house. On the question being propounded whether he could go
and find her, the page desponded and thought not; but being
stimulated with a shilling, the page grew sanguine and thought he

‘Say to Miss Nickleby that her brother is here, and in great
haste to see her,’ said Nicholas.

The plated buttons disappeared with an alacrity most unusual
to them, and Nicholas paced the room in a state of feverish
agitation which made the delay even of a minute insupportable.
He soon heard a light footstep which he well knew, and before he
could advance to meet her, Kate had fallen on his neck and burst
into tears.

‘My darling girl,’ said Nicholas as he embraced her. ‘How pale
you are!’

‘I have been so unhappy here, dear brother,’ sobbed poor Kate;
‘so very, very miserable. Do not leave me here, dear Nicholas, or I
shall die of a broken heart.’

‘I will leave you nowhere,’ answered Nicholas--‘never again,
Kate,’ he cried, moved in spite of himself as he folded her to his
heart. ‘Tell me that I acted for the best. Tell me that we parted
because I feared to bring misfortune on your head; that it was a
trial to me no less than to yourself, and that if I did wrong it was in
ignorance of the world and unknowingly.’

‘Why should I tell you what we know so well?’ returned Kate

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