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The Works of Charles Dickens (v. 5)

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Pages: 342

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER XXXV. SMIKE BECOMES KNOWN TO MRS. NICKLEBY AND KATE. NICHOLAS ALSO MEETS WITH NEW ACQUAINTANCES. BRIGHTER DAYS SEEM TO DAWN UPON THE FAMILY. Having established his mother and sister in the apartments of the kind-hearted miniature painter, and ascertained that Sir Mulberry Hawk was in no danger of losing his life, Nicholas turned his thoughts to poor Smike, who, after breakfasting with Newman Noggs, had remained, in a disconsolate state, at that worthy creature's lodgings, waiting, with much anxiety, for further intelligence of his protector. " As he will be one of our own little household, wherever we live, or whatever fortune is in reserve for us," thought Nicholas. " I must present the poor fellow in due form. They will be kind to him for his own sake, and if not (on that account solely) to the full extent I could wish, they will stretch a point, I am sure, for mine.'" Nicholas said " they," but his misgivings were confined to one person. He was sure of Kate, but he knew his mother's peculiarities, and was not quite so certain that Smike would find favour in the eyes of Mrs. Nickleby. " However," thought Nicholas as he departed on his benevolent errand: "she cannot fail to become attached to him, when she knows what a devoted creature he is, and as she must quickly make the discovery, his probation will be a short one." SMIKE'S FOREBODINGS. 31 "I was afraid," said Smike, overjoyed to see his friend again, " that you had fallen into some fresh trouble: the time seemed so long, at last, that I almost feared you were lost." "Lost!" replied Nicholas gaily. "You will not be rid of me so easily, I promise you. I shall rise to the surface many thousand times yet, and the harder the thrust that pushes me down, the more quickly I shall rebound, Smike. But ...  

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