The fact was, that Mr. Giles had not, at first, been able tobring his mind to the avowal, that he had only shot a boy. Suchcommendations had been bestowed upon his bravery, that he couldnot, for the life of him, help postponing the explanation for afew delicious minutes; during which he had flourished, in thevery zenith of a brief reputation for undaunted courage.。，
In short, after some more examination, and a great deal moreconversation, a neighbouring magistrate was readily induced totake the joint bail of Mrs. Maylie and Mr. Losberne for Oliver'sappearance if he should ever be called upon; and Blathers andDuff, being rewarded with a couple of guineas, returned to townwith divided opinions on the subject of their expedition: thelatter gentleman on a mature consideration of all thecircumstances, inclining to the belief that the burglariousattempt had originated with the Family Pet; and the former beingequally disposed to concede the full merit of it to the great Mr.Conkey Chickweed.。， The gentleman said not another word, but, opening thechaise-door, leaped out, and taking Oliver hurriedly by the arm,led him aside.
'As soon as I think proper,' said Mr. Losberne, looking into theother parlour; which, like the first, bore no resemblancewhatever to Oliver's account of it. 'I shall find you out, someday, my friend.'。，
'No, indeed,' replied his mother; 'you have, or I mistake, toostrong a hold on her affections already. What I would say,'resumed the old lady, stopping her son as he was about to speak,'is this. Before you stake your all on this chance; before yousuffer yourself to be carried to the highest point of hope;reflect for a few moments, my dear child, on Rose's history, andconsider what effect the knowledge of her doubtful birth may haveon her decision: devoted as she is to us, with all the intensityof her noble mind, and with that perfect sacrifice of self which,in all matters, great or trifling, has always been hercharacteristic.'。， WHEREIN THE HAPPINESS OF OLIVER AND HIS FRIENDS, EXPERIENCES ASUDDEN CHECK
。， There were tears in the eyes of the gentle girl, as these wordswere spoken; and when one fell upon the flower over which shebent, and glistened brightly in its cup, making it morebeautiful, it seemed as though the outpouring of her fresh youngheart, claimed kindred naturally, with the loveliest things innature.
'That, sir,' cried Oliver, pointing out of the carriage window.'That house!'。， Oliver gazed, for a moment, at the struggles of the madman (forsuch he supposed him to be); and then darted into the house forhelp. Having seen him safely carried into the hotel, he turnedhis face homewards, running as fast as he could, to make up forlost time: and recalling with a great deal of astonishment andsome fear, the extraordinary behaviour of the person from whom hehad just parted.
， 'Now!' said the hump-backed man, who had watched him keenly,'what do you mean by coming into my house, in this violent way?Do you want to rob me, or to murder me? Which is it?'。， 'Oh! consider how young and good she is, and what pleasure andcomfort she gives to all about her. I am sure--certain--quitecertain--that, for your sake, who are so good yourself; and forher own; and for the sake of all she makes so happy; she will notdie. Heaven will never let her die so young.'