A dog growled as he touched the handle of a room-door; and aman's voice demanded who was there.。， 'I tell you he is,' retorted the old gentleman. 'What do youmean by can't be? We have just heard a full account of him fromhis birth; and he has been a thorough-paced little villain, allhis life.'
Turning down Sun Street and Crown Street, and crossing Finsburysquare, Mr. Sikes struck, by way of Chiswell Street, intoBarbican: thence into Long Lane, and so into Smithfield; fromwhich latter place arose a tumult of discordant sounds thatfilled Oliver Twist with amazement.。， In pursuance of this request, Nancy quickly laid the cloth;disappearing for a few minutes, she presently returned with a potof porter and a dish of sheep's heads: which gave occasion toseveral pleasant witticisms on the part of Mr. Sikes, foundedupon the singular coincidence of 'jemmies' being a can name,common to them, and also to an ingenious implement much used inhis profession. Indeed, the worthy gentleman, stimulated perhapsby the immediate prospect of being on active service, was ingreat spirits and good humour; in proof whereof, it may be hereremarked, that he humourously drank all the beer at a draught,and did not utter, on a rough calculation, more than four-scoreoaths during the whole progress of the meal.
RELATES WHAT BECAME OF OLIVER TWIST, AFTER HE HAD BEEN CLAIMED BYNANCY。， 'Well, what DO you know of him?' inquired the old gentleman.'Speak out, my friend, if you have anything to say. What DO youknow of him?'
'Well, what DO you know of him?' inquired the old gentleman.'Speak out, my friend, if you have anything to say. What DO youknow of him?'。， 'Quite enough, quite, thankye, Bill,' replied the Jew, puttingdown the glass after just setting his lips to it.
'I have saved you from being ill-used once, and I will again, andI do now,' continued the girl aloud; 'for those who would havefetched you, if I had not, would have been far more rough thanme. I have promised for your being quiet and silent; if you arenot, you will only do harm to yourself and me too, and perhaps bemy death. See here! I have borne all this for you already, astrue as God sees me show it.'。，
Mr. Sikes accompanied this speech with a jerk at his littlecompanion's wrist; Oliver, quickening his pace into a kind oftrot between a fast walk and a run, kept up with the rapidstrides of the house-breaker as well as he could.。， It was quite dark when he was awakened by a push from Sikes.Rousing himself sufficiently to sit up and look about him, hefound that worthy in close fellowship and communication with alabouring man, over a pint of ale.
。， He kept on his course, through many winding and narrow ways,until he reached Bethnal Green; then, turning suddenly off to theleft, he soon became involved in a maze of the mean and dirtystreets which abound in that close and densely-populated quarter.