Oliver was but too glad to make himself useful; too happy to havesome faces, however bad, to look upon; too desirous to conciliatethose about him when he could honestly do so; to throw anyobjection in the way of this proposal. So he at once expressedhis readiness; and, kneeling on the floor, while the Dodger satupon the table so that he could take his foot in his laps, heapplied himself to a process which Mr. Dawkins designated as'japanning his trotter-cases.' The phrase, rendered into plainEnglish, signifieth, cleaning his boots.。，
'Well, well,' replied the Jew, with an attempt at pacification;'and, if you have, it's your living!'。， Master Bates, apparently much delighted with his commission, tookthe cleft stick: and led Oliver into an adjacent kitchen, wherethere were two or three of the beds on which he had slept before;and here, with many uncontrollable bursts of laughter, heproduced the identical old suit of clothes which Oliver had somuch congratulated himself upon leaving off at Mr. Brownlow's;and the accidental display of which, to Fagin, by the Jew whopurchased them, had been the very first clue received, of hiswhereabout.
'Now, then!' growled Sikes, as Oliver started up; 'half-pastfive! Look sharp, or you'll get no breakfast; for it's late asit is.'。， 'Yes; that's all you women think of,' answered Sikes. 'Fineyoung chaps! Well, they're as good as dead, so it don't muchmatter.'
'Of course it couldn't,' replied Sikes; 'I know'd that, directlyI see him coming through Clerkenwell, with the books under hisarm. It's all right enough. They're soft-hearted psalm-singers,or they wouldn't have taken him in at all; and they'll ask noquestions after him, fear they should be obliged to prosecute,and so get him lagged. He's safe enough.'。，
，。， One afternoon, the Dodger and Master Bates being engaged out thatevening, the first-named young gentleman took it into his head toevince some anxiety regarding the decoration of his person (to dohim justice, this was by no means an habitual weakness with him);and, with this end and aim, he condescendingly commanded Oliverto assist him in his toilet, straightway.