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Chapter 34

Wherein Mr Ralph Nickleby is visited by Persons
with whom the Reader has been already made

hat a demnition long time you have kept me ringing
at this confounded old cracked tea-kettle of a bell,
every tinkle of which is enough to throw a strong
man into blue convulsions, upon my life and soul, oh demmit,’--
said Mr Mantalini to Newman Noggs, scraping his boots, as he
spoke, on Ralph Nickleby’s scraper.

‘I didn’t hear the bell more than once,’ replied Newman.
‘Then you are most immensely and outr-i-geously deaf,’ said Mr
Mantalini, ‘as deaf as a demnition post.’

Mr Mantalini had got by this time into the passage, and was
making his way to the door of Ralph’s office with very little
ceremony, when Newman interposed his body; and hinting that
Mr Nickleby was unwilling to be disturbed, inquired whether the
client’s business was of a pressing nature.

‘It is most demnebly particular,’ said Mr Mantalini. ‘It is to melt
some scraps of dirty paper into bright, shining, chinking, tinkling,
demd mint sauce.’

Newman uttered a significant grunt, and taking Mr Mantalini’s
proffered card, limped with it into his master’s office. As he thrust
his head in at the door, he saw that Ralph had resumed the
thoughtful posture into which he had fallen after perusing his
nephew’s letter, and that he seemed to have been reading it again,


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