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felt his unexpected kindness so much, that he could scarcely find
words to thank him; indeed, he had not found half enough, when
they took leave of the schoolmaster, and emerged from the
Saracen’s Head gateway.

‘I shall be here in the morning to see you fairly off,’ said Ralph.
‘No skulking!’

‘Thank you, sir,’ replied Nicholas; ‘I never shall forget this

‘Take care you don’t,’ replied his uncle. ‘You had better go
home now, and pack up what you have got to pack. Do you think
you could find your way to Golden Square first?’

‘Certainly,’ said Nicholas. ‘I can easily inquire.’
‘Leave these papers with my clerk, then,’ said Ralph, producing
a small parcel, ‘and tell him to wait till I come home.’

Nicholas cheerfully undertook the errand, and bidding his
worthy uncle an affectionate farewell, which that warm-hearted
old gentleman acknowledged by a growl, hastened away to
execute his commission.

He found Golden Square in due course; Mr Noggs, who had
stepped out for a minute or so to the public-house, was opening
the door with a latch-key, as he reached the steps.

‘What’s that?’ inquired Noggs, pointing to the parcel.
‘Papers from my uncle,’ replied Nicholas; ‘and you’re to have
the goodness to wait till he comes home, if you please.’

‘Uncle!’ cried Noggs.
‘Mr Nickleby,’ said Nicholas in explanation.
‘Come in,’ said Newman.

Without another word he led Nicholas into the passage, and
thence into the official pantry at the end of it, where he thrust him

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