There was nothing to attract attention, or excite alarm in this.The robber, after paying his reckoning, sat silent and unnoticedin his corner, and had almost dropped asleep, when he was halfwakened by the noisy entrance of a new comer.。， Of all bad deeds that, under cover of the darkness, had beencommitted with wide London's bounds since night hung over it,that was the worst. Of all the horrors that rose with an illscent upon the morning air, that was the foulest and most cruel.
。， The men laid hands upon him, and disengaging Oliver from hisgrasp, held him back. He struggled with the power ofdesperation, for an instant; and then sent up cry upon cry thatpenetrated even those massive walls, and rang in their ears untilthey reached the open yard.
'Denial to me is vain,' replied Mr. Brownlow. 'I shall show youthat I know more than that.'。， '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.'
'Would you like to see the pawnbroker himself?' asked Mr. Grimwigwith a motion towards the door.。， Where could he go, that was near and not too public, to get somemeat and drink? Hendon. That was a good place, not far off, andout of most people's way. Thither he directed hissteps,--running sometimes, and sometimes, with a strangeperversity, loitering at a snail's pace, or stopping altogetherand idly breaking the hedges with a stick. But when he gotthere, all the people he met--the very children at thedoors--seemed to view him with suspicion. Back he turned again,without the courage to purchase bit or drop, though he had tastedno food for many hours; and once more he lingered on the Heath,uncertain where to go.
'But I also know,' pursued the old gentleman, 'the misery, theslow torture, the protracted anguish of that ill-assorted union.I know how listlessly and wearily each of that wretched pairdragged on their heavy chain through a world that was poisoned tothem both. I know how cold formalities were succeeded by opentaunts; how indifference gave place to dislike, dislike to hate,and hate to loathing, until at last they wrenched the clankingbond asunder, and retiring a wide space apart, carried each agalling fragment, of which nothing but death could break therivets, to hide it in new society beneath the gayest looks theycould assume. Your mother succeeded; she forgot it soon. But itrusted and cankered at your father's heart for years.'。，
'He'--(none of them called the murderer by his old name)--'Hecan't have made away with himself. What do you think?' saidChitling.。， 'No, nothing that I knows on,' replied the man, pulling on hisgloves. 'Corn's up a little. I heerd talk of a murder, too,down Spitalfields way, but I don't reckon much upon it.'
The man had shrunk down, thoroughly quelled by the ferocity ofthe crowd, and the impossibility of escape; but seeing thissudden change with no less rapidity than it had occurred, hesprang upon his feet, determined to make one last effort for hislife by dropping into the ditch, and, at the risk of beingstifled, endeavouring to creep away in the darkness andconfusion.。，
。， As the villain folded his arms tight together, and mutteredcurses on himself in the impotence of baffled malice, Mr.Brownlow turned to the terrified group beside him, and explainedthat the Jew, who had been his old accomplice and confidant, hada large reward for keeping Oliver ensnared: of which some partwas to be given up, in the event of his being rescued: and thata dispute on this head had led to their visit to the countryhouse for the purpose of identifying him.