Agnes and her father had been gone a week, before we resumed our usual work.
This, and the resumption of my ring, as well as of the bear’s grease in moderation, are the last marks I can discern, now, in my progress to seventeen.
I felt the difficulty of resuming the subject, but had not got to the bottom of it yet, and must get to the bottom somehow.
’Well, ma’am,’ resumed Mr. Chillip, as soon as he had courage, ’I am happy to congratulate you.
’Well!’ he resumed at length.
’But I am sure it is,’ resumed my mother; ’and everybody knows it is.
’I only say,’ he resumed, addressing me, ’that I disapprove of your preferring such company as Mistress Peggotty, and that it is to be abandoned.
’— As you was so good as to say that,’ resumed the young man, ’why I turned to with a will, you see.
’But what I want you to be, Trot,’ resumed my aunt, ’— I don’t mean physically, but morally; you are very well physically — is, a firm fellow.
Peggotty continuing to stand motionless in the middle of the room, and my mother resuming her singing, I fell asleep, though I was not so sound asleep but that I could hear voices, without hearing what they said.
Mr. Murdstone, with an impatient, even an angry gesture, resumed, without noticing what he had said: ’Those terms are, that you will earn enough for yourself to provide for your eating and drinking, and pocket-money.
And, as she turned again towards him, after glancing at me as I left the room and went out at the door, I saw her cross her hands upon his knee, and look up at him with the same face, something quieted, as he resumed his reading.
’Then come,’ replied my aunt, immediately resuming the bonnet she had a minute before laid aside.
— ’And I am sure we never had a word of difference respecting it, except when Mr. Copperfield objected to my threes and fives being too much like each other, or to my putting curly tails to my sevens and nines,’ resumed my mother in another burst, and breaking down again.
’But, Dora, my beloved!’ said I, at last resuming it; ’I was going to mention something.’
I could not help showing in my face how much it pleased me, but I said little, and he resumed his usual smile, and seemed relieved.
’But the umblest persons, Master Copperfield,’ he presently resumed, ’may be the instruments of good.
’Ham,’he presently resumed,’he’ll hold to his present work, and go and live along with my sister.
Having availed herself of it, she resumed her toast and her discourse together.
Mr. Dick, who had been with me to Highgate twice already, and had resumed his companionship with the Doctor, I took with me.
Mr. Micawber resumed his seat on the close of these remarks, and drank two glasses of punch in grave succession.
’Still,’ resumed Miss Murdstone, ’I found no proof until last night.
Mrs. Heep, with a prodigious sniff, resumed her knitting.
She now observed to me, aloud, resuming her former restraint, that it was useless to hear more, or to say more, and that she begged to put an end to the interview.
I sat all the while, amazed by Mr. Micawber’s disclosure, and wondering what it meant; until Mrs. Micawber resumed the thread of the discourse, and claimed my attention.
’I have my own opinions,’ resumed Mr. Murdstone, whose face darkened more and more, the more he and my aunt observed each other, which they did very narrowly, ’as to the best mode of bringing him up; they are founded, in part, on my knowledge of him, and in part on my knowledge of my own means and resources.
Miss Murdstone cast down her eyes, shook her head as if protesting against this unseemly interruption, and with frowning dignity resumed: ’Since I am to confine myself to facts, I will state them as dryly as I can.
Mr. Omer, with a very complacent and amiable face, took several puffs in silence; and then said, resuming his first point: ’Accordingly we’re obleeged, in ascertaining how Barkis goes on, to limit ourselves to Em’ly.
On the day preceding its resumption, the Doctor gave me with his own hands a folded note not sealed.
Miss Murdstone shut her eyes, and disdainfully inclined her head; then, slowly opening her eyes, resumed: ’David Copperfield, I shall not attempt to disguise the fact, that I formed an unfavourable opinion of you in your childhood.
’But I mean, boy,’ resuming his gravity, ’what do you consider me in this respect?’ touching his forehead.
’Lord bless you!’ said Mr. Omer, resuming his pipe, ’a man must take the fat with the lean; that’s what he must make up his mind to, in this life.
’No, Mr. Traddles,’ replied Uriah, resuming his official seat, and squeezing his bony hands, laid palm to palm between his bony knees.
Everything seemed, to my imagination, to be hushed in reverence for him, as he resumed his solitary journey through the snow.
When Miss Clarissa had shaken her head, Miss Lavinia resumed: again referring to my letter through her eye-glass.
But you’re young!’ and resumed his narrative.
Mr. Micawber promptly resumed his letter, glad to revert to a performance with which he was so highly satisfied.
’But I must say this, for the good creetur,’ he resumed, wiping his face, when we were quite exhausted; ’she has been all she said she’d be to us, and more.
’I am not so unreasonable as to expect,’ said Agnes, resuming her usual tone, after a little while, ’that you will, or that you can, at once, change any sentiment that has become a conviction to you; least of all a sentiment that is rooted in your trusting disposition.
Miss Lavinia, as I have said, resumed: ’You ask permission of my sister Clarissa and myself, Mr. Copperfield, to visit here, as the accepted suitor of our niece.’
’Nonsense, mouse!’ said I. ’I wish,’ resumed my wife, after a long silence, ’that I could have gone down into the country for a whole year, and lived with Agnes!’
I was in the middle state between sleeping and waking, either then or immediately afterwards; for, as he resumed — it was a real fact that he had stopped playing — I saw and heard the same old woman ask Mrs. Fibbitson if it wasn’t delicious (meaning the flute), to which Mrs. Fibbitson replied, ’Ay, ay! yes!’ and nodded at the fire: to which, I am persuaded, she gave the credit of the whole performance.
This, and a few moments’ reflection, pacified her; but she was not at all disconcerted by what she had done (though I cannot say as much for her bonnet) and resumed her seat composedly.
’That done my Em’ly good,’ he resumed, after such emotion as I could not behold without sharing in; and as to my aunt, she wept with all her heart; ’that done Em’ly good, and she begun to mend.
He had proudly resumed his privilege, in many of his spare hours, of walking up and down the garden with the Doctor; as he had been accustomed to pace up and down The Doctor’s Walk at Canterbury.
Mr. Micawber, with a random but expressive flourish of his knife, signified that these performances might be expected to take place after he was no more; then resumed his peeling with a desperate air.
’As you didn’t understand me, Master Copperfield,’ resumed Uriah in the same officious manner, ’I may take the liberty of umbly mentioning, being among friends, that I have called Doctor Strong’s attention to the goings-on of Mrs. Strong.
As I left him, resuming his stool and his pen, and rolling his head in his stock, to get it into easier writing order, I clearly perceived that there was something interposed between him and me, since he had come into his new functions, which prevented our getting at each other as we used to do, and quite altered the character of our intercourse.
Mr. Peggotty’s face, which had varied in its expression with the various stages of his narrative, now resumed all its former triumphant delight, as he laid a hand upon my knee and a hand upon Steerforth’s (previously wetting them both, for the greater emphasis of the action), and divided the following speech between us: ’All of a sudden, one evening — as it might be tonight — comes little Em’ly from her work, and him with her!
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