All the window in the rear of the house had been long ago brickedup, except one small trap in the room where the boy was locked,and that was too small even for the passage of his body. But,from this aperture, he had never ceased to call on those without,to guard the back; and thus, when the murderer emerged at last onthe house-top by the door in the roof, a loud shout proclaimedthe fact to those in front, who immediately began to pour round,pressing upon each other in an unbroken stream.。，
On pressed the people from the front--on, on, on, in a strongstruggling current of angry faces, with here and there a glaringtorch to lighten them up, and show them out in all their wrathand passion. The houses on the opposite side of the ditch hadbeen entered by the mob; sashes were thrown up, or torn bodilyout; there were tiers and tiers of faces in every window; clusterupon cluster of people clinging to every house-top. Each littlebridge (and there were three in sight) bent beneath the weight ofthe crowd upon it. Still the current poured on to find some nookor hole from which to vent their shouts, and only for an instantsee the wretch.。， 'Is the young gentleman to come too, sir?' said the man whoseduty it was to conduct them. 'It's not a sight for children,sir.'
。， 'Then spare my life for the love of Heaven, as I spared yours,'rejoined the girl, clinging to him. 'Bill, dear Bill, you cannothave the heart to kill me. Oh! think of all I have given up,only this one night, for you. You SHALL have time to think, andsave yourself this crime; I will not loose my hold, you cannotthrow me off. Bill, Bill, for dear God's sake, for your own, formine, stop before you spill my blood! I have been true to you,upon my guilty soul I have!'
'See there, there!' cried Oliver, eagerly clasping the hand ofRose, and pointing out at the carriage window; 'that's the stileI came over; there are the hedges I crept behind, for fear anyone should overtake me and force me back! Yonder is the pathacross the fields, leading to the old house where I was a littlechild! Oh Dick, Dick, my dear old friend, if I could only seeyou now!'。，
'Damn that 'ere bag,' said the guard; 'are you gone to sleep inthere?'。， 'That's for your people,' said the guard. 'Now, look alive inthere, will you. Damn that 'ere bag, it warn't ready night aforelast; this won't do, you know!'
'You have a brother,' said Mr. Brownlow, rousing himself: 'abrother, the whisper of whose name in your ear when I came behindyou in the street, was, in itself, almost enough to make youaccompany me hither, in wonder and alarm.'。， 'You have some papers,' said Mr. Brownlow advancing, 'which wereplaced in your hands, for better security, by a man calledMonks.'
。， 'Attend to what I do know, and you may not,' said Mr. Brownlow.'I shall interest you by and by. I know that of the wretchedmarriage, into which family pride, and the most sordid andnarrowest of all ambition, forced your unhappy father when a mereboy, you were the sole and most unnatural issue.'
'He hung about, not to come over here afore dark, but he'll behere soon,' replied Chitling. 'There's nowhere else to go tonow, for the people at the Cripples are all in custody, and thebar of the ken--I went up there and see it with my own eyes--isfilled with traps.'。， 'Why, look'e, young gentleman,' said Toby, 'when a man keepshimself so very ex-clusive as I have done, and by that means hasa snug house over his head with nobody a prying and smellingabout it, it's rather a startling thing to have the honour of awisit from a young gentleman (however respectable and pleasant aperson he may be to play cards with at conweniency) circumstancedas you are.'
，。， While he was thus engaged, and the two men sat by in silence withtheir eyes fixed upon the floor, a pattering noise was heard uponthe stairs, and Sikes's dog bounded into the room. They ran tothe window, downstairs, and into the street. The dog had jumpedin at an open window; he made no attempt to follow them, nor washis master to be seen.