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‘The attention,’ said Mr Kenwigs, looking around with a
plaintive air, ‘the attention that I’ve shown to that man! The
hyseters he has eat, and the pints of ale he has drank, in this

‘It’s very trying, and very hard to bear, we know,’ said one of
the married ladies; ‘but think of your dear darling wife.’

‘Oh yes, and what she’s been a undergoing of, only this day,’
cried a great many voices. ‘There’s a good man, do.’

‘The presents that have been made to him,’ said Mr Kenwigs,
reverting to his calamity, ‘the pipes, the snuff-boxes--a pair of
india-rubber goloshes, that cost six-and-six--’

‘Ah! it won’t bear thinking of, indeed,’ cried the matrons
generally; ‘but it’ll all come home to him, never fear.’

Mr Kenwigs looked darkly upon the ladies, as if he would prefer
its all coming home to him, as there was nothing to be got by it; but
he said nothing, and resting his head upon his hand, subsided into
a kind of doze.

Then, the matrons again expatiated on the expediency of taking
the good gentleman to bed; observing that he would be better
tomorrow, and that they knew what was the wear and tear of some
men’s minds when their wives were taken as Mrs Kenwigs had
been that day, and that it did him great credit, and there was
nothing to be ashamed of in it; far from it; they liked to see it, they
did, for it showed a good heart. And one lady observed, as a case
bearing upon the present, that her husband was often quite light-
headed from anxiety on similar occasions, and that once, when her
little Johnny was born, it was nearly a week before he came to
himself again, during the whole of which time he did nothing but

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