'You haven't opened the parcel and swallowed one or two as youcome along, have you?' inquired Sikes, suspiciously. 'Don't puton an injured look at the question; you've done it many a time.Jerk the tinkler.'。， 'I haven't got him, my dear,' said the old man.
。， Accordingly, with a clean white apron tied over her gown, and hercurl-papers tucked up under a straw bonnet,--both articles ofdress being provided from the Jew's inexhaustible stock,--MissNancy prepared to issue forth on her errand.
'Come, get up!'。， One evening, about a week after the affair of the picture, as hewas sitting talking to Mrs. Bedwin, there came a message downfrom Mr. Brownlow, that if Oliver Twist felt pretty well, heshould like to see him in his study, and talk to him a littlewhile.
The man who growled out these words, was a stoutly-built fellowof about five-and-thirty, in a black velveteen coat, very soileddrab breeches, lace-up half boots, and grey cotton stockingswhich inclosed a bulky pair of legs, with large swellingcalves;--the kind of legs, which in such costume, always look inan unfinished and incomplete state without a set of fetters togarnish them. He had a brown hat on his head, and a dirtybelcher handkerchief round his neck: with the long frayed endsof which he smeared the beer from his face as he spoke. Hedisclosed, when he had done so, a broad heavy countenance with abeard of three days' growth, and two scowling eyes; one of whichdisplayed various parti-coloured symptoms of having been recentlydamaged by a blow.。，
Although Oliver had been brought up by philosophers, he was nottheoretically acquainted with the beautiful axiom thatself-preservation is the first law of nature. If he had been,perhaps he would have been prepared for this. Not beingprepared, however, it alarmed him the more; so away he went likethe wind, with the old gentleman and the two boys roaring andshouting behind him.。，
。， The Jew thrust his head out of the room door when Sikes had leftit; looked after him as we walked up the dark passage; shook hisclenched fist; muttered a deep curse; and then, with a horriblegrin, reseated himself at the table; where he was soon deeplyabsorbed in the interesting pages of the Hue-and-Cry.