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Nicholas gazed from one to the other in apparent stupefaction,
and Newman hurried to and fro, thrusting his hands into all his
pockets successively, and drawing out the linings of every one in
the excess of his irresolution. It was but a moment, but the
confusion crowded into that one moment no imagination can

‘Leave the house, for Heaven’s sake! We have done wrong, we
deserve it all,’ cried the young lady. ‘Leave the house, or I am
ruined and undone for ever.’

‘Will you hear me say but one word?’ cried Nicholas. ‘Only one.
I will not detain you. Will you hear me say one word, in
explanation of this mischance?’

But Nicholas might as well have spoken to the wind, for the
young lady, with distracted looks, hurried up the stairs. He would
have followed her, but Newman, twisting his hand in his coat
collar, dragged him towards the passage by which they had

‘Let me go, Newman, in the Devil’s name!’ cried Nicholas. ‘I
must speak to her. I will! I will not leave this house without.’

‘Reputation--character--violence--consider,’ said Newman,
clinging round him with both arms, and hurrying him away. ‘Let
them open the door. We’ll go, as we came, directly it’s shut. Come.
This way. Here.’

Overpowered by the remonstrances of Newman, and the tears
and prayers of the girl, and the tremendous knocking above,
which had never ceased, Nicholas allowed himself to be hurried
off; and, precisely as Mr Bobster made his entrance by the street-
door, he and Noggs made their exit by the area-gate.

They hurried away, through several streets, without stopping or

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