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Oh, no, I couldn’t,” said Mrs. Corney primly. ” Mr. Bumble quickly filled a cup. After drinking half of it, Mrs. ” Mr. Bumble tried some wine, too. Then they sat back in their chairs, which were pushed quite close together. “This is a very comfortable room. The board gives you free coals, don’t they, Mrs. ” he asked, pressing her hand. “And candles,” said Mrs. Corney flirtatiously. “Coals, candles, and a house rent-free,” he said. “Oh, Mrs. ” Mrs. Corney sank into his arms. ” asked Mr. Bumble.

I was brought here by the most dreadful of all fears. They told me you were dying, fluttering between life and death! I was so afraid you might die and never know how much I loved you. I couldn’t bear that thought. For years I have loved you! I was trying hard to win my way to fame. Then I could come proudly home to tell you it had all been won for you! But here and now—with no fame won—I offer you my heart. ” Rose was very pale. “You have always been kind and noble,” she said. “But there is a blot upon my name.

Of course, he didn’t tell Charlotte any of this. When the two arrived in London, they stopped at a public house. By chance it was the very tavern where Fagin often went. 58 Fagin’s Plan • 10 Noah and Charlotte sat in a back room just behind the bar. On the dark wall behind and above their table was a pane of glass hidden by a small curtain. This made it easy for the owner of the bar to observe anyone sitting at that table. Also, by putting his ear up against the thin wall, he could hear what was being said.

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