。， Fagin put several other questions: all with the same drift ofascertaining whether the girl had profited by his unguardedhints; but, she answered them so readily, and was withal soutterly unmoved by his searching looks, that his originalimpression of her being more than a trifle in liquor, wasconfirmed. Nancy, indeed, was not exempt from a failing whichwas very common among the Jew's female pupils; and in which, intheir tenderer years, they were rather encouraged than checked.Her disordered appearance, and a wholesale perfume of Genevawhich pervaded the apartment, afforded stong confirmatoryevidence of the justice of the Jew's supposition; and when, afterindulging in the temporary display of violence above described,she subsided, first into dullness, and afterwards into a compoundof feelings: under the influence of which she shed tears oneminute, and in the next gave utterance to various exclamations of'Never say die!' and divers calculations as to what might be theamount of the odds so long as a lady or gentleman was happy, Mr.Fagin, who had had considerable experience of such matters in histime, saw, with great satisfaction, that she was very far goneindeed.
。， 'Here,' said Toby, as the young Jew placed some fragments offood, and a bottle upon the table, 'Success to the crack!' Herose to honour the toast; and, carefully depositing his emptypipe in a corner, advanced to the table, filled a glass withspirits, and drank off its contents. Mr. Sikes did the same.
'No, no, to be sure,' replied the Jew; 'you were toostout-hearted for that. A deal too stout, my dear!'。， At this moment the noise grew louder. Sikes, again lookinground, could discern that the men who had given chase werealready climbing the gate of the field in which he stood; andthat a couple of dogs were some paces in advance of them.
。， 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,
As it would be, by no means, seemly in a humble author to keep somighty a personage as a beadle waiting, with his back to thefire, and the skirts of his coat gathered up under his arms,until such time as it might suit his pleasure to relieve him; andas it would still less become his station, or his gallentry toinvolve in the same neglect a lady on whom that beadle had lookedwith an eye of tenderness and affection, and in whose ear he hadwhispered sweet words, which, coming from such a quarter, mightwell thrill the bosom of maid or matron of whatsoever degree; thehistorian whose pen traces these words--trusting that he knowshis place, and that he entertains a becoming reverence for thoseupon earth to whom high and important authority isdelegated--hastens to pay them that respect which their positiondemands, and to treat them with all that duteous ceremony whichtheir exalted rank, and (by consequence) great virtues,imperatively claim at his hands. Towards this end, indeed, hehad purposed to introduce, in this place, a dissertation touchingthe divine right of beadles, and elucidative of the position,that a beadle can do no wrong: which could not fail to have beenboth pleasurable and profitable to the right-minded reader butwhich he is unfortunately compelled, by want of time and space,to postpone to some more convenient and fitting opportunity; onthe arrival of which, he will be prepared to show, that a beadleproperly constituted: that is to say, a parochial beadle,attached to a parochail workhouse, and attending in his officialcapacity the parochial church: is, in right and virtue of hisoffice, possessed of all the excellences and best qualities ofhumanity; and that to none of those excellences, can merecompanies' beadles, or court-of-law beadles, or evenchapel-of-ease beadles (save the last, and they in a very lowlyand inferior degree), lay the remotest sustainable claim.。， 'Say it again, you wile, owdacious fellow!' said Mr. Bumble. 'Howdare you mention such a thing, sir? And how dare you encouragehim, you insolent minx? Kiss her!' exclaimed Mr. Bumble, instrong indignation. 'Faugh!'
Panting for breath, the old man stammered for a word; and in thatinstant checked the torrent of his wrath, and changed his wholedemeanour. A moment before, his clenched hands had grasped theair; his eyes had dilated; and his face grown livid with passion;but now, he shrunk into a chair, and, cowering together, trembledwith the apprehension of having himself disclosed some hiddenvillainy. After a short silence, he ventured to look round athis companion. He appeared somewhat reassured, on beholding herin the same listless attitude from which he had first roused her.。， With these words he pulled up the smock-frock; and, winding itround his middle, drew a chair to the fire, and placed his feetupon the hob.
At this intelligence, the worthy Mrs. Corney muttered a varietyof invectives against old women who couldn't even die withoutpurposely annoying their betters; and, muffling herself in athick shawl which she hastily caught up, briefly requested Mr.Bumble to stay till she came back, lest anything particularshould occur. Bidding the messenger walk fast, and not be allnight hobbling up the stairs, she followed her from the room witha very ill grace, scolding all the way.。，
。， Mr. Dawkins received these handsome compliments with muchphilosophy, and offered to cut any gentleman in company, for thefirst picture-card, at a shilling at a time. Nobody acceptingthe challenge, and his pipe being by this time smoked out, heproceeded to amuse himself by sketching a ground-plan of Newgateon the table with the piece of chalk which had served him in lieuof counters; whistling, meantime, with peculiar shrillness.
， 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.。， 'Here! you get on first,' said Sikes, putting Oliver in front ofhim. 'Quicker! or I shall tread upon your heels.'