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Chapter 52

Nicholas despairs of rescuing Madeline Bray, but
plucks up his Spirits again, and determines to
attempt it. Domestic Intelligence of the Kenwigses
and Lillyvicks.

Finding that Newman was determined to arrest his progress
at any hazard, and apprehensive that some well-
intentioned passenger, attracted by the cry of ‘Stop thief,’
might lay violent hands upon his person, and place him in a
disagreeable predicament from which he might have some
difficulty in extricating himself, Nicholas soon slackened his pace,
and suffered Newman Noggs to come up with him: which he did,
in so breathless a condition, that it seemed impossible he could
have held out for a minute longer.

‘I will go straight to Bray’s,’ said Nicholas. ‘I will see this man. If
there is a feeling of humanity lingering in his breast, a spark of
consideration for his own child, motherless and friendless as she
is, I will awaken it.’

‘You will not,’ replied Newman. ‘You will not, indeed.’
‘Then,’ said Nicholas, pressing onward, ‘I will act upon my first
impulse, and go straight to Ralph Nickleby.’

‘By the time you reach his house he will be in bed,’ said

‘I’ll drag him from it,’ cried Nicholas.
‘Tut, tut,’ said Noggs. ‘Be yourself.’
‘You are the best of friends to me, Newman,’ rejoined Nicholas

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