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ground, picking up the demnition gold and silver.’

‘I am ashamed of you,’ said Madame Mantalini, with much

‘Ashamed--of me, my joy? It knows it is talking demd charming
sweetness, but naughty fibs,’ returned Mr Mantalini. ‘It knows it is
not ashamed of its own popolorum tibby.’

Whatever were the circumstances which had led to such a
result, it certainly appeared as though the popolorum tibby had
rather miscalculated, for the nonce, the extent of his lady’s
affection. Madame Mantalini only looked scornful in reply; and,
turning to Ralph, begged him to excuse her intrusion.

‘Which is entirely attributable,’ said Madame, ‘to the gross
misconduct and most improper behaviour of Mr Mantalini.’

‘Of me, my essential juice of pineapple!’
‘Of you,’ returned his wife. ‘But I will not allow it. I will not
submit to be ruined by the extravagance and profligacy of any
man. I call Mr Nickleby to witness the course I intend to pursue
with you.’

‘Pray don’t call me to witness anything, ma’am,’ said Ralph.
‘Settle it between yourselves, settle it between yourselves.’

‘No, but I must beg you as a favour,’ said Madame Mantalini, ‘to
hear me give him notice of what it is my fixed intention to do--my
fixed intention, sir,’ repeated Madame Mantalini, darting an angry
look at her husband.

‘Will she call me “Sir”?’ cried Mantalini. ‘Me who dote upon her
with the demdest ardour! She, who coils her fascinations round
me like a pure angelic rattlesnake! It will be all up with my
feelings; she will throw me into a demd state.’

‘Don’t talk of feelings, sir,’ rejoined Madame Mantalini, seating

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