。， Whether this remark bore reference to the husband, or the teapot,is uncertain. It might have been the latter; for Mrs. Corneylooked at it as she spoke; and took it up afterwards. She hadjust tasted her first cup, when she was disturbed by a soft tapat the room-door.
。， They conversed for some time in whispers. Though nothing of theconversation was distinguishable beyond a few disjointed wordshere and there, a listener might easily have perceived that Faginappeared to be defending himself against some remarks of thestranger; and that the latter was in a state of considerableirritation. They might have been talking, thus, for a quarter ofan hour or more, when Monks--by which name the Jew had designatedthe strange man several times in the course of theircolloquy--said, raising his voice a little,
'At the Cripples?' inquired the man.。， The night was bitter cold. The snow lay on the ground, frozeninto a hard thick crust, so that only the heaps that had driftedinto byways and corners were affected by the sharp wind thathowled abroad: which, as if expending increased fury on suchprey as it found, caught it savagely up in clouds, and, whirlingit into a thousand misty eddies, scattered it in air. Bleak,dark, and piercing cold, it was a night for the well-housed andfed to draw round the bright fire and thank God they were athome; and for the homeless, starving wretch to lay him down anddie. Many hunger-worn outcasts close their eyes in our barestreets, at such times, who, let their crimes have been what theymay, can hardly open them in a more bitter world.
The girl moaned out some half intelligible reply, that she couldnot tell; and seemed, from the smothered noise that escaped her,to be crying.。， 'Down with it!' echoed Toby. 'Do you think I don't know what'sgood for you? Tell him to drink it, Bill.'
The speaker appeared to throw a boot-jack, or some such article,at the person he addressed, to rouse him from his slumbers: forthe noise of a wooden body, falling violently, was heard; andthen an indistinct muttering, as of a man between sleep andawake.。，
'I shouldn't wish to appear ill-mannered, gentlemen,' said thethird, who had called the dogs back, 'Mr. Giles ought to know.'。， The man went to the door, and returned to announce that all wasquiet. The two robbers issued forth with Oliver between them.Barney, having made all fast, rolled himself up as before, andwas soon asleep again.