CHAPTER XXIV. “You blithering idiot!” he exclaimed. Don’t say anything, she thought to herself, say nothing more, Martin. “To the young man himself,” he answered, “no! I simply object to his calling here two or three times a week during my absence. Sheppard. The arrival of the cart at the end of Field Lane, appeared the signal for an attempt at rescue. It's hereditary, like de jigt, vat you call it—gout —haw! haw!" "If the child is destined to the gibbet, Van Galgebrok," replied the Master, joining in the laugh, "it'll never be choked by a footman's cravat, that's certain; but, in regard to going back empty-handed," continued he, altering his tone, and assuming a dignified air, "it's quite out of the question. Just how particular are you? Will he have to bring recommendations?" "He will not. ’ ‘Without permission. His car was there. "I should think so," responded the lethargic turnkey, with a yawn. I know I am undeserving of your bounty; but if I were to tell you what hardships I have undergone—to what frightful extremities I have been reduced—and to what infamy I have submitted, to earn a scanty subsistence for this child's sake, —if you could feel what it is to stand alone in the world as I do, bereft of all who have ever loved me, and shunned by all who have ever known me, except the worthless and the wretched,—if you knew (and Heaven grant you may be spared the knowledge!) how much affliction sharpens love, and how much more dear to me my child has become for every sacrifice I have made for him,—if you were told all this, you would, I am sure, pity rather than reproach me, because I cannot at once consent to a separation, which I feel would break my heart.
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