'Bill had him on his back, and scudded like the wind. We stoppedto take him between us; his head hung down, and he was cold.They were close upon our heels; every man for himself, and eachfrom the gallows! We parted company, and left the youngsterlying in a ditch. Alive or dead, that's all I know about him.'。，
The lady modestly hesitated to reply, lest there should be anyimpropriety in holding an interview with Mr. Bumble, with closeddoors. Mr. Bumble taking advantage of the hesitation, and beingvery cold himself, shut it without permission.。，
'Why, we can't afford to do that just now, my dear,' replied theJew, smiling; 'and, besides, that sort of thing is not in ourway; or, one of these days, I might be glad to have it done. Iknow what these girls are, Monks, well. As soon as the boybegins to harden, she'll care no more for him, than for a blockof wood. You want him made a thief. If he is alive, I can makehim one from this time; and, if--if--' said the Jew, drawingnearer to the other,--'it's not likely, mind,--but if the worstcomes to the worst, and he is dead--'。， The stranger reflected upon this argument, with a very profoundface; having done so, he seized Sikes by the hand: and declaredhe was a real good fellow. To which Mr. Sikes replied, he wasjoking; as, if he had been sober, there would have been strongreason to suppose he was.
。， The stranger reflected upon this argument, with a very profoundface; having done so, he seized Sikes by the hand: and declaredhe was a real good fellow. To which Mr. Sikes replied, he wasjoking; as, if he had been sober, there would have been strongreason to suppose he was.
The landlord reciprocated the old man's laugh; and returned tohis guests. The Jew was no sooner alone, than his countenanceresumed its former expression of anxiety and thought. After abrief reflection, he called a hack-cabriolet, and bade the mandrive towards Bethnal Green. He dismissed him within some quarterof a mile of Mr. Sikes's residence, and performed the shortremainder of the distance, on foot.。，