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  • ’At Midsummer,’ muttered Mr Squeers, resuming his complaint, ’I took down ten boys; ten twenties is two hundred pound.
  • ’Well,’ resumed Ralph, ’it’s brief enough; soon broached; and I hope easily concluded.
  • And so saying she resumed her work, as did the others.
  • The journey was then resumed.
  • ’Not a word,’ resumed Squeers, ’and never will be.
  • ’As you’re perfect in that,’ resumed Squeers, turning to the boy, ’go and look after MY horse, and rub him down well, or I’ll rub you down.
  • ’Dear Pugstyles’ having taken a very long stare at Mr Gregsbury over the tops of his spectacles, resumed his list of inquiries.
  • ’And I say once more,’ resumed Madame, ’that you ought not to waltz with anybody but your own wife; and I will not bear it, Mantalini, if I take poison first.’
  • ’Well, when I was there,’ resumed Smike; his eyes sparkling at the prospect of displaying his abilities; ’I could milk a cow, and groom a horse, with anybody.’
  • ’I don’t know much of these matters,’ resumed Nicholas; ’but Portsmouth is a seaport town, and if no other employment is to be obtained, I should think we might get on board some ship.
  • ’And this,’ resumed Snawley, ’has made me anxious to put them to some school a good distance off, where there are no holidays—none of those ill-judged coming home twice a year that unsettle children’s minds so—and where they may rough it a little—you comprehend?’
  • Talking on very fast and very much, Miss La Creevy finished her breakfast with great expedition, put away the tea-caddy and hid the key under the fender, resumed her bonnet, and, taking Nicholas’s arm, sallied forth at once to the city.
  • ’Your behaviour, Miss Nickleby,’ resumed the lady, ’is very far from pleasing me—very far.
  • At length the two resumed their seats, and more wine being ordered, the party grew louder in their mirth.
  • But the conversation was suspended as they withdrew, and resumed with even greater freedom when they had left the room.
  • ’The fact is,’ resumed Nicholas, ’that before I left the country, where I have been for some time past, I undertook to deliver a message to you.’
  • ’His kindest love,’ resumed Nicholas; ’and to say that he had no time to write, but that he was married to Miss Petowker.’
  • ’Presently,’ resumed John, ’he DID coom.
  • ’I don’t know,’ resumed Mrs Browdie, ’that I have said anything very bad of you, even now.
  • ’You needn’t suppose,’ resumed Mrs Wititterly, ’that your looking at me in that way, Miss Nickleby, will prevent my saying what I am going to say, which I feel to be a religious duty.
  • She resumed her seat, and had scarcely done so, when the doubtful page darted into the room and announced, Mr Pyke, and Mr Pluck, and Lord Verisopht, and Sir Mulberry Hawk, all at one burst.
  • After exhausting himself, to all appearance, with this fatiguing performance, he covered his head once more, pulled the cap very carefully over the tips of his ears, and resuming his former attitude, said, ’The question is—’
  • ’The great reason for not being married,’ resumed Mr Lillyvick, ’is the expense; that’s what’s kept me off, or else—Lord!’ said Mr Lillyvick, snapping his fingers, ’I might have had fifty women.’
  • He was not quite so certain of the callings and stations of two smart young ladies who were in conversation with the fat lady before the fire, until—having sat himself down in a corner, and remarked that he would wait until the other customers had been served—the fat lady resumed the dialogue which his entrance had interrupted.
  • Mr Pluck, after feigning to be in a condition of great embarrassment for some minutes, resumed the conversation by entreating Mrs Nickleby to take no heed of what he had inadvertently said—to consider him imprudent, rash, injudicious.
  • When the narrative was concluded; he raised his head hastily, as if about to speak, but on brother Charles resuming, fell into his old attitude again.
  • As he thrust his head in at the door, he saw that Ralph had resumed the thoughtful posture into which he had fallen after perusing his nephew’s letter, and that he seemed to have been reading it again, as he once more held it open in his hand.
  • ’It will be sufficient for me to say, sir,’ resumed Mrs Nickleby, with perfect seriousness—’and I’m sure you’ll see the propriety of taking an answer and going away—that I have made up my mind to remain a widow, and to devote myself to my children.
  • ’For this reason,’ resumed Ralph, ’I address myself to you, ma’am.
  • He then resumed his employment.
  • He paused; but, Arthur making no reply, resumed again.
  • Mrs Nickleby, after stopping a little for consideration, resumed.
  • He went on, from this point, in a still more humble tone, and spoke in a very low voice; pointing to Ralph as he resumed.
  • It was affecting in one sense, for Graymarsh’s maternal aunt was strongly supposed, by her more intimate friends, to be no other than his maternal parent; Squeers, however, without alluding to this part of the story (which would have sounded immoral before boys), proceeded with the business by calling out ’Mobbs,’ whereupon another boy rose, and Graymarsh resumed his seat.
  • ’—My nephew, Frank, I say,’ resumed Mr Cheeryble, ’encountered her by accident, and lost sight of her almost in a minute afterwards, within two days after he returned to England.
  • But, even a very remote approach to this gratification was not to be made, for although he seemed quite unconscious of having been the subject of observation, he looked casually at Nicholas; and the latter, fearful of giving offence, resumed his scrutiny of the window instantly.
  • ’How kind it is of you,’ resumed Miss Snevellicci, after a short silence, ’to sit waiting here for him night after night, night after night, no matter how tired you are; and taking so much pains with him, and doing it all with as much delight and readiness as if you were coining gold by it!’
  • After two or three turns across the room he resumed his seat, and drawing his chair nearer to that on which Nicholas was seated, said: ’I am about to employ you, my dear sir, on a confidential and delicate mission.’
  • Resuming, when the schoolmaster had quite talked himself out of breath, as coolly as if he had never been interrupted, Ralph proceeded to expatiate on such features of the case as he deemed it most advisable to lay the greatest stress on.
  • ’I have been seeking you these two days, where I thought you were most likely to be found,’ resumed the other more humbly, ’and I met you here at last, when I had almost given up the hope of encountering you, Mr Nickleby.’
  • ’Yes, I say of course,’ resumed Mr Squeers, rubbing his knees, ’but at the same time, when one comes, as I do now, better than two hundred and fifty mile to take a afferdavid, it does put a man out a good deal, letting alone the risk.’
  • Newman, who had stood during the foregoing conversation with his back planted against the door, ready to oppose any egress from the apartment by force, if necessary, resumed his seat with much satisfaction; and as the water in the kettle was by this time boiling, made a glassful of spirits and water for Nicholas, and a cracked mug-full for the joint accommodation of himself and Smike, of which the two partook in great harmony, while Nicholas, leaning his head upon his hand, remained…
  • When they had passed on, and he was left alone again, he resumed his speculation with a new kind of interest; for he recollected that the last person who had seen the suicide alive, had left him very merry, and he remembered how strange he and the other jurors had thought that at the time.
  • Nothing daunted by this repulse, Nicholas returned to the charge next day, emboldened by the circumstance of Mr Linkinwater being in a very talkative and communicative mood; but, directly he resumed the theme, Tim relapsed into a state of most provoking taciturnity, and from answering in monosyllables, came to returning no answers at all, save such as were to be inferred from several grave nods and shrugs, which only served to whet that appetite for intelligence in Nicholas, which had…
  • ’I think it my duty, Nicholas, my dear,’ resumed his mother, ’to tell you what I know: not only because you have a right to know it too, and to know everything that happens in this family, but because you have it in your power to promote and assist the thing very much; and there is no doubt that the sooner one can come to a clear understanding on such subjects, it is always better, every way.
  • ’Shot beyond him, I mean,’ resumed Nicholas, ’in quite another respect, for, whereas he brought within the magic circle of his genius, traditions peculiarly adapted for his purpose, and turned familiar things into constellations which should enlighten the world for ages, you drag within the magic circle of your dulness, subjects not at all adapted to the purposes of the stage, and debase as he exalted.
  • ’And this confession,’ resumed Ralph, ’is to the effect that his death was an invention of hers to wound you—was a part of a system of annoyance, in short, which you seem to have adopted towards each other—that the boy lived, but was of weak and imperfect intellect—that she sent him by a trusty hand to a cheap school in Yorkshire—that she had paid for his education for some years, and then, being poor, and going a long way off, gradually deserted him, for which she prayed forgiveness?’

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