'You don't mean to deny that, I suppose?' said the doctor, layingOliver gently down again.。， As Oliver knew the name of the street in which Mr. Brownlowresided, they were enabled to drive straight thither. When thecoach turned into it, his heart beat so violently, that he couldscarcely draw his breath.
。， Oliver turned homeward, thinking on the many kindnesses he hadreceived from the young lady, and wishing that the time couldcome again, that he might never cease showing her how gratefuland attached he was. He had no cause for self-reproach on thescore of neglect, or want of thought, for he had been devoted toher service; and yet a hundred little occasions rose up beforehim, on which he fancied he might have been more zealous, andmore earnest, and wished he had been. We need be careful how wedeal with those about us, when every death carries to some smallcircle of survivors, thoughts of so much omitted, and so littledone--of so many things forgotten, and so many more which mighthave been repaired! There is no remorse so deep as that which isunavailing; if we would be spared its tortures, let us rememberthis, in time.
'Another word, Rose,' said Harry. 'Your reason in your ownwords. From your own lips, let me hear it!'。， '--In a lantern, miss,' cried Brittles, applying one hand to theside of his mouth, so that his voice might travel the better.
'My child!' said the elderly lady, folding her arms about her, 'Inever saw you so before.'。， 'We call it a put-up robbery, ladies,' said Blathers, turning tothem, as if he pitied their ignorance, but had a contempt for thedoctor's, 'when the servants is in it.'
'But even if he has been wicked,' pursued Rose, 'think how younghe is; think that he may never have known a mother's love, or thecomfort of a home; that ill-usage and blows, or the want ofbread, may have driven him to herd with men who have forced himto guilt. Aunt, dear aunt, for mercy's sake, think of this,before you let them drag this sick child to a prison, which inany case must be the grave of all his chances of amendment. Oh!as you love me, and know that I have never felt the want ofparents in your goodness and affection, but that I might havedone so, and might have been equally helpless and unprotectedwith this poor child, have pity upon him before it is too late!'。，