'Oh, Mr. Bumble, sir!' said Noah: 'Oliver, sir, --Oliver has--'。， 'For MORE!' said Mr. Limbkins. 'Compose yourself, Bumble, andanswer me distinctly. Do I understand that he asked for more,after he had eaten the supper allotted by the dietary?'
'I do, indeed,' answered Oliver. 'I have not slept under a roofsince I left the country.'。， The board were sitting in solemn conclave, when Mr. Bumble rushedinto the room in great excitement, and addressing the gentlemanin the high chair, said,
'If we was to bind him to any other trade to-morrow, he'd runaway simultaneous, your worship,' replied Bumble.。， 'Yer know, Work'us,' continued Noah, emboldened by Oliver'ssilence, and speaking in a jeering tone of affected pity: of alltones the most annoying: 'Yer know, Work'us, it can't be helpednow; and of course yer couldn't help it then; and I am very sorryfor it; and I'm sure we all are, and pity yer very much. But yermust know, Work'us, yer mother was a regular right-down bad 'un.'
Oliver was just considering whether he hadn't better run away,when they reached the bottom of the hill. His conductor,catching him by the arm, pushed open the door of a house nearField Lane; and drawing him into the passage, closed it behindthem.。， What an excellent example of the power of dress, young OliverTwist was! Wrapped in the blanket which had hitherto formed hisonly covering, he might have been the child of a nobleman or abeggar; it would have been hard for the haughtiest stranger tohave assigned him his proper station in society. But now that hewas enveloped in the old calico robes which had grown yellow inthe same service, he was badged and ticketed, and fell into hisplace at once--a parish child--the orphan of a workhouse--thehumble, half-starved drudge--to be cuffed and buffeted throughthe world--despised by all, and pitied by none.
，。， 'Oh, don't tell me what you were going to say,' interposed Mrs.Sowerberry. 'I am nobody; don't consult me, pray. _I_ don'twant to intrude upon your secrets.' As Mrs. Sowerberry saidthis, she gave an hysterical laugh, which threatened violentconsequences.