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quiet); and the baby had been exhibited to a score or two of
deputations from a select body of female friends, who had
assembled in the passage, and about the street-door, to discuss the
event in all its bearings. Indeed, the excitement extended itself
over the whole street, and groups of ladies might be seen standing
at the doors, (some in the interesting condition in which Mrs
Kenwigs had last appeared in public,) relating their experiences of
similar occurrences. Some few acquired great credit from having
prophesied, the day before yesterday, exactly when it would come
to pass; others, again, related, how that they guessed what it was,
directly they saw Mr Kenwigs turn pale and run up the street as
hard as ever he could go. Some said one thing, and some another;
but all talked together, and all agreed upon two points: first, that it
was very meritorious and highly praiseworthy in Mrs Kenwigs to
do as she had done: and secondly, that there never was such a
skilful and scientific doctor as that Dr Lumbey.

In the midst of this general hubbub, Dr Lumbey sat in the first-
floor front, as before related, nursing the deposed baby, and
talking to Mr Kenwigs. He was a stout bluff-looking gentleman,
with no shirt-collar to speak of, and a beard that had been growing
since yesterday morning; for Dr Lumbey was popular, and the
neighbourhood was prolific; and there had been no less than three
other knockers muffled, one after the other within the last forty-
eight hours.

‘Well, Mr Kenwigs,’ said Dr Lumbey, ‘this makes six. You’ll
have a fine family in time, sir.’

‘I think six is almost enough, sir,’ returned Mr Kenwigs.
‘Pooh! pooh!’ said the doctor. ‘Nonsense! not half enough.’
With this, the doctor laughed; but he didn’t laugh half as much

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