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into a chair, and mounting upon his high stool, sat, with his arms
hanging, straight down by his sides, gazing fixedly upon him, as
from a tower of observation.

‘There is no answer,’ said Nicholas, laying the parcel on a table
beside him.

Newman said nothing, but folding his arms, and thrusting his
head forward so as to obtain a nearer view of Nicholas’s face,
scanned his features closely.

‘No answer,’ said Nicholas, speaking very loud, under the
impression that Newman Noggs was deaf.

Newman placed his hands upon his knees, and, without
uttering a syllable, continued the same close scrutiny of his
companion’s face.

This was such a very singular proceeding on the part of an utter
stranger, and his appearance was so extremely peculiar, that
Nicholas, who had a sufficiently keen sense of the ridiculous, could
not refrain from breaking into a smile as he inquired whether Mr
Noggs had any commands for him.

Noggs shook his head and sighed; upon which Nicholas rose,
and remarking that he required no rest, bade him good-morning.

It was a great exertion for Newman Noggs, and nobody knows
to this day how he ever came to make it, the other party being
wholly unknown to him, but he drew a long breath and actually
said, out loud, without once stopping, that if the young gentleman
did not object to tell, he should like to know what his uncle was
going to do for him.

Nicholas had not the least objection in the world, but on the
contrary was rather pleased to have an opportunity of talking on
the subject which occupied his thoughts; so, he sat down again,

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