'The only friend I ever had,' cried Rose, clinging to her. 'Thekindest, best of friends. My heart will burst. I cannot bearall this.'。， 'Press on, press on,' cried Fagin. 'Softly, but not so slow.Faster, faster!'
'The end of a year found him contracted, solemnly contracted, tothat daughter; the object of the first, true, ardent, onlypassion of a guileless girl.'。， They had not talked much upon the way; for Oliver was in aflutter of agitation and uncertainty which deprived him of thepower of collecting his thoughts, and almost of speech, andappeared to have scarcely less effect on his companions, whoshared it, in at least an equal degree. He and the two ladieshad been very carefully made acquainted by Mr. Brownlow with thenature of the admissions which had been forced from Monks; andalthough they knew that the object of their present journey wasto complete the work which had been so well begun, still thewhole matter was enveloped in enough of doubt and mystery toleave them in endurance of the most intense suspense.
'My mother,' said Monks, in a louder tone, 'did what a womanshould have done. She burnt this will. The letter never reachedits destination; but that, and other proofs, she kept, in casethey ever tried to lie away the blot. The girl's father had thetruth from her with every aggravation that her violent hate--Ilove her for it now--could add. Goaded by shame and dishonour hefled with his children into a remote corner of Wales, changinghis very name that his friends might never know of his retreat;and here, no great while afterwards, he was found dead in hisbed. The girl had left her home, in secret, some weeks before;he had searched for her, on foot, in every town and village near;it was on the night when he returned home, assured that she haddestroyed herself, to hide her shame and his, that his old heartbroke.'。，
'Take him away to bed!' cried Fagin. 'Do you hear me, some ofyou? He has been the--the--somehow the cause of all this. It'sworth the money to bring him up to it--Bolter's throat, Bill;never mind the girl--Bolter's throat as deep as you can cut. Sawhis head off!'。，