'Pay attention to the reply, constable, will you?' said thedoctor, shaking his forefinger with great solemnity of manner,and tapping the bridge of his nose with it, to bespeak theexercise of that worthy's utmost acuteness. 'Something may comeof this before long.'。， 'Oh yes, ma'am, yes!' replied Oliver eagerly; 'but I was thinkingthat I am ungrateful now.'
'One word more, Rose. Dearest Rose! one more!' cried Harry,throwing himself before her. 'If I had been less--lessfortunate, the world would call it--if some obscure and peacefullife had been my destiny--if I had been poor, sick,helpless--would you have turned from me then? Or has my probableadvancement to riches and honour, given this scruple birth?'。，
Above stairs, the remainder of the evening passed cheerfullyaway; for the doctor was in high spirits; and however fatigued orthoughtful Harry Maylie might have been at first, he was notproof against the worthy gentleman's good humour, which displayeditself in a great variety of sallies and professionalrecollections, and an abundance of small jokes, which struckOliver as being the drollest things he had ever heard, and causedhim to laugh proportionately; to the evident satisfaction of thedoctor, who laughed immoderately at himself, and made Harry laughalmost as heartily, by the very force of sympathy. So, they wereas pleasant a party as, under the circumstances, they could wellhave been; and it was late before they retired, with light andthankful hearts, to take that rest of which, after the doubt andsuspense they had recently undergone, they stood much in need.。， 'What?' cried the doctor.
。， The circumstance occasioned no alteration, however, in thebehaviour of his benefactors. After another fortnight, when thefine warm weather had fairly begun, and every tree and flower wasputting forth its young leaves and rich blossoms, they madepreparations for quitting the house at Chertsey, for some months.
。， 'Just send somebody out to relieve my mate, will you, young man?'said the officer; 'he's in the gig, a-minding the prad. Have yougot a coach 'us here, that you could put it up in, for five orten minutes?'
。， 'Nothing at all,' replied the doctor. 'One of the frightenedservants chose to take it into his head, that he had something todo with this attempt to break into the house; but it's nonsense:sheer absurdity.'
'An hour and twelve minutes, ma'am,' replied Mr. Giles, referringto a silver watch, which he drew forth by a black ribbon.。， 'Thank you, sir, said Mr. Giles. 'Misses wished some ale to begiven out, sir; and as I felt no ways inclined for my own littleroom, sir, and was disposed for company, I am taking mine among'em here.'
'Oh! very much so, indeed,' said Rose, interrupting him; 'butthere is a poor creature upstairs, whom aunt wishes you to see.'。， 'If that HAD been the case, Harry,' said Mrs. Maylie, 'I fearyour happiness would have been effectually blighted, and thatyour arrival here, a day sooner or a day later, would have beenof very, very little import.'
Morning came; and the little cottage was lonely and still. Peoplespoke in whispers; anxious faces appeared at the gate, from timeto time; women and children went away in tears. All the livelongday, and for hours after it had grown dark, Oliver paced softlyup and down the garden, raising his eyes every instant to thesick chamber, and shuddering to see the darkened window, lookingas if death lay stretched inside. Late that night, Mr. Losbernearrived. 'It is hard,' said the good doctor, turning away as hespoke; 'so young; so much beloved; but there is very littlehope.'。， Mr. Giles walked into the corner with much importance, and somewonder, and was honoured with a short whispering conference withthe doctor, on the termination of which, he made a great manybows, and retired with steps of unusual stateliness. The subjectmatter of this conference was not disclosed in the parlour, butthe kitchen was speedily enlightened concerning it; for Mr. Gileswalked straight thither, and having called for a mug of ale,announced, with an air of majesty, which was highly effective,that it had pleased his mistress, in consideration of his gallantbehaviour on the occasion of that attempted robbery, to depost,in the local savings-bank, the sum of five-and-twenty pounds, forhis sole use and benefit. At this, the two women-servants liftedup their hands and eyes, and supposed that Mr. Giles, pulling outhis shirt-frill, replied, 'No, no'; and that if they observedthat he was at all haughty to his inferiors, he would thank themto tell him so. And then he made a great many other remarks, noless illustrative of his humility, which were received with equalfavour and applause, and were, withal, as original and as much tothe purpose, as the remarks of great men commonly are.
， The two women-servants ran upstairs to carry the intelligencethat Mr. Giles had captured a robber; and the tinker busiedhimself in endeavouring to restore Oliver, lest he should diebefore he could be hanged. In the midst of all this noise andcommotion, there was heard a sweet female voice, which quelled itin an instant.。， 'Think what, now?' replied Giles, looking vacantly at hisquestioner.