There was another, and a darker object, to be gained. Sikes knewtoo much, and his ruffian taunts had not galled Fagin the less,because the wounds were hidden. The girl must know, well, thatif she shook him off, she could never be safe from his fury, andthat it would be surely wreaked--to the maiming of limbs, orperhaps the loss of life--on the object of her more recent fancy.。，
'For one reason,' rejoined the girl firmly, 'for one reason, thatthe lady knows and will stand by me in, I know she will, for Ihave her promise: and for this other reason, besides, that, badlife as he has led, I have led a bad life too; there are many ofus who have kept the same courses together, and I'll not turnupon them, who might--any of them--have turned upon me, butdidn't, bad as they are.'。， Scarcely venturing to whisper, but substituting dumb show forwords, Fagin, and the young Jew who had admitted them, pointedout the pane of glass to Noah, and signed to him to climb up andobserve the person in the adjoining room.
'Never,' replied the gentleman. 'The intelligence should bebrought to bear upon him, that he could never even guess.'。， 'No,' replied the girl, shaking her head. 'It's not very easyfor me to leave him unless he knows why; I couldn't give him adrink of laudanum before I came away.'
。， After receving an assurance from both, that she might safely doso, she proceeded in a voice so low that it was often difficultfor the listener to discover even the purport of what she said,to describe, by name and situation, the public-house whence shehad been followed that night. From the manner in which sheoccasionally paused, it appeared as if the gentleman were makingsome hasty notes of the information she communicated. When shehad thoroughly explained the localities of the place, the bestposition from which to watch it without exciting observation, andthe night and hour on which Monks was most in the habit offrequenting it, she seemed to consider for a few moments, for thepurpose of recalling his features and appearances more forciblyto her recollection.
。， 'Now,' he said, returning: so it seemed by the sound: to thespot where he had stood before, 'you have given us most valuableassistance, young woman, and I wish you to be the better for it.What can I do to serve you?'
。， He did so; and, by the light of the lamps, saw the girl'sretreating figure, already at some distance before him. Headvanced as near as he considered prudent, and kept on theopposite side of the street, the better to observe her motions.She looked nervously round, twice or thrice, and once stopped tolet two men who were following close behind her, pass on. Sheseemed to gather courage as she advanced, and to walk with asteadier and firmer step. The spy preserved the same relativedistance between them, and followed: with his eye upon her.
'Oh, you haven't, haven't you?' said Sikes, looking sternly athim, and ostentatiously passing a pistol into a more convenientpocket. 'That's lucky--for one of us. Which one that is, don'tmatter.'。， Fagin was about to translate these mysterious expressions intothe vulgar tongue; and, being interpreted, Mr. Bolter would havebeen informed that they represented that combination of words,'transportation for life,' when the dialogue was cut short by theentry of Master Bates, with his hands in his breeches-pockets,and his face twisted into a look of semi-comical woe.
'No,' replied Fagin, 'not very. He was charged with attemptingto pick a pocket, and they found a silver snuff-box on him,--hisown, my dear, his own, for he took snuff himself, and was veryfond of it. They remanded him till to-day, for they thought theyknew the owner. Ah! he was worth fifty boxes, and I'd give theprice of as many to have him back. You should have known theDodger, my dear; you should have known the Dodger.'。，