Support the Monkey! Tell All your Friends and Teachers
When you come to me this evening, not a word of last night. Ill
news travels fast, and they will know it soon enough. Have you
heard if he was much hurt?’
Newman shook his head.
‘I will ascertain that myself without loss of time,’ said Nicholas.
‘You had better take some rest,’ returned Newman. ‘You are
fevered and ill.’
Nicholas waved his hand carelessly, and concealing the
indisposition he really felt, now that the excitement which had
sustained him was over, took a hurried farewell of Newman
Noggs, and left him.
Newman was not three minutes’ walk from Golden Square, but
in the course of that three minutes he took the letter out of his hat
and put it in again twenty times at least. First the front, then the
back, then the sides, then the superscription, then the seal, were
objects of Newman’s admiration. Then he held it at arm’s length
as if to take in the whole at one delicious survey, and then he
rubbed his hands in a perfect ecstasy with his commission.
He reached the office, hung his hat on its accustomed peg, laid
the letter and key upon the desk, and waited impatiently until
Ralph Nickleby should appear. After a few minutes, the well-
known creaking of his boots was heard on the stairs, and then the
‘Has the post come in?’
‘Any other letters?’
‘One.’ Newman eyed him closely, and laid it on the desk.
‘What’s this?’ asked Ralph, taking up the key.
‘Left with the letter;--a boy brought them--quarter of an hour