'Poor Bet! She went to see the Body, to speak to who it was,'replied Chitling, his countenance falling more and more, 'andwent off mad, screaming and raving, and beating her head againstthe boards; so they put a strait-weskut on her and took her tothe hospital--and there she is.'。， The noise subsided, and he was asked if he had anything to saywhy sentence of death should not be passed upon him. He hadresumed his listening attitude, and looked intently at hisquestioner while the demand was made; but it was twice repeatedbefore he seemed to hear it, and then he only muttered that hewas an old man--an old man--and so, dropping into a whisper, wassilent again.
'Do my hi's deceive me!' cried Mr. Bumble, with ill-feignedenthusiasm, 'or is that little Oliver? Oh O-li-ver, if youknow'd how I've been a-grieving for you--'。， 'When I last heard, he had not been taken, but he will be, or is,by this time. They're sure of him.'
'Don't come nearer me,' answered the boy, still retreating, andlooking, with horror in his eyes, upon the murderer's face. 'Youmonster!'。， And now, the hand that traces these words, falters, as itapproaches the conclusion of its task; and would weave, for alittle longer space, the thread of these adventures.
'Where can he have come from!' exclaimed Toby. 'He's been to theother kens of course, and finding them filled with strangers comeon here, where he's been many a time and often. But where can hehave come from first, and how comes he here alone without theother!'。，
。， 'It is a true tale of grief and trial, and sorrow, young man,'returned Mr. Brownlow, 'and such tales usually are; if it wereone of unmixed joy and happiness, it would be very brief. Atlength one of those rich relations to strengthen whose interestand importance your father had been sacrificed, as others areoften--it is no uncommon case--died, and to repair the misery hehad been instrumental in occasioning, left him his panacea forall griefs--Money. It was necessary that he should immediatelyrepair to Rome, whither this man had sped for health, and wherehe had died, leaving his affairs in great confusion. He went;was seized with mortal illness there; was followed, the momentthe intelligence reached Paris, by your mother who carried youwith her; he died the day after her arrival, leaving no will--NOWILL--so that the whole property fell to her and you.'