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Chapter 5

Nicholas starts for Yorkshire. Of his Leave-taking
and his Fellow-Travellers, and what befell them on
the Road.

If tears dropped into a trunk were charms to preserve its
owner from sorrow and misfortune, Nicholas Nickleby would
have commenced his expedition under most happy auspices.
There was so much to be done, and so little time to do it in; so
many kind words to be spoken, and such bitter pain in the hearts
in which they rose to impede their utterance; that the little
preparations for his journey were made mournfully indeed. A
hundred things which the anxious care of his mother and sister
deemed indispensable for his comfort, Nicholas insisted on leaving
behind, as they might prove of some after use, or might be
convertible into money if occasion required. A hundred
affectionate contests on such points as these, took place on the sad
night which preceded his departure; and, as the termination of
every angerless dispute brought them nearer and nearer to the
close of their slight preparations, Kate grew busier and busier, and
wept more silently.

The box was packed at last, and then there came supper, with
some little delicacy provided for the occasion, and as a set-off
against the expense of which, Kate and her mother had feigned to
dine when Nicholas was out. The poor lady nearly choked himself
by attempting to partake of it, and almost suffocated himself in
affecting a jest or two, and forcing a melancholy laugh. Thus, they

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