'Out,' said Fagin. 'I sent her out this morning with the otheryoung woman, because I wanted us to be alone.'。， 'We stay in town, of course,' said Mrs. Maylie, 'while thereremains the slightest prospect of prosecuting this inquiry with achance of success. I will spare neither trouble nor expense inbehalf of the object in which we are all so deeply interested,and I am content to remain here, if it be for twelve months, solong as you assure me that any hope remains.'
'Do not discuss the point, my dear young lady, pray,' said Mr.Brownlow, interrupting Rose as she was about to speak. 'Thepromise shall be kept. I don't think it will, in the slightestdegree, interfere with our proceedings. But, before we canresolve upon any precise course of action, it will be necessaryto see the girl; to ascertain from her whether she will point outthis Monks, on the understanding that he is to be dealt with byus, and not by the law; or, if she will not, or cannot do that,to procure from her such an account of his haunts and descriptionof his person, as will enable us to identify him. She cannot beseen until next Sunday night; this is Tuesday. I would suggestthat in the meantime, we remain perfectly quiet, and keep thesematters secret even from Oliver himself.'。，
。， With many adieus and good wishes, Mr. Fagin went his way. NoahClaypole, bespeaking his good lady's attention, proceeded toenlighten her relative to the arrangement he had made, with allthat haughtiness and air of superiority, becoming, not only amember of the sterner sex, but a gentleman who appreciated thedignity of a special appointment on the kinchin lay, in Londonand its vicinity.
。， Mr. Fagin saw, with delight, that this tribute to his powers wasno mere compliment, but that he had really impressed his recruitwith a sense of his wily genius, which it was most important thathe should entertain in the outset of their acquaintance. Tostrengthen an impression so desirable and useful, he followed upthe blow by acquainting him, in some detail, with the magnitudeand extent of his operations; blending truth and fictiontogether, as best served his purpose; and bringing both to bear,with so much art, that Mr. Bolter's respect visibly increased,and became tempered, at the same time, with a degree of wholesomefear, which it was highly desirable to awaken.
。， As Noah's red nose grew redder with anger, and as he crossed theroad while speaking, as if fully prepared to put his threat intoexecution, the woman rose without any further remark, and trudgedonward by his side.
。， 'The kinchins, my dear,' said Fagin, 'is the young childrenthat's sent on errands by their mothers, with sixpences andshillings; and the lay is just to take their money away--they'vealways got it ready in their hands,--then knock 'em into thekennel, and walk off very slow, as if there were nothing else thematter but a child fallen down and hurt itself. Ha! ha! ha!'
'So do I,' cried Charley Bates. 'Ha! ha! ha! so do I. I see itall afore me, upon my soul I do, Fagin. What a game! What aregular game! All the big-wigs trying to look solemn, and JackDawkins addressing of 'em as intimate and comfortable as if hewas the judge's own son making a speech arter dinner--ha! ha!ha!'。， 'We'll see wot the Secretary of State for the Home Affairs hasgot to say to the beaks, if I don't,' replied Mr. Dawkins. 'Nowthen! Wot is this here business? I shall thank the madg'stratesto dispose of this here little affair, and not to keep me whilethey read the paper, for I've got an appointment with a genelmanin the City, and as I am a man of my word and wery punctual inbusiness matters, he'll go away if I ain't there to my time, andthen pr'aps ther won't be an action for damage against them askep me away. Oh no, certainly not!'