。， 'Mrs. Corney, ma'am, said Mr. Bumble, slowly, and marking thetime with his teaspoon, 'I mean to say this, ma'am; that any cat,or kitten, that could live with you, ma'am, and NOT be fond ofits home, must be a ass, ma'am.'
Oliver looked at Sikes, in mute and timid wonder; and drawing astool to the fire, sat with his aching head upon his hands,scarecely knowing where he was, or what was passing around him.。， 'I shouldn't wonder if it was,' exclaimed Brittles, catching atthe idea.
。， Unembellished by any violence of gesticulation, this might haveseemed no very high compliment to the lady's charms; but, as Mr.Bumble accompanied the threat with many warlike gestures, she wasmuch touched with this proof of his devotion, and protested, withgreat admiration, that he was indeed a dove.
。， 'I never,' said Mr. Bumble, 'see anything like the pitch it's gotto. The day afore yesterday, a man--you have been a marriedwoman, ma'am, and I may mention it to you--a man, with hardly arag upon his back (here Mrs. Corney looked at the floor), goes toour overseer's door when he has got company coming to dinner; andsays, he must be relieved, Mrs. Corney. As he wouldn't go away,and shocked the company very much, our overseer sent him out apound of potatoes and half a pint of oatmeal. "My heart!" saysthe ungrateful villain, "what's the use of THIS to me? You mightas well give me a pair of iron spectacles!' "Very good," saysour overseer, taking 'em away again, "you won't get anything elsehere." "Then I'll die in the streets!" says the vagrant. "Ohno, you won't," says our overseer.'
Fagin stealthily descended the kitchen stairs. After a shortabsence, he returned with a lighted candle, and the intelligencethat Toby Crackit was asleep in the back room below, and that theboys were in the front one. Beckoning the man to follow him, heled the way upstairs.。，
'We can say the few words we've got to say in here, my dear,'said the Jew, throwing open a door on the first floor; 'and asthere are holes in the shutters, and we never show lights to ourneighbours, we'll set the candle on the stairs. There!'。，