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Mrs. Craik:Dinah Maria

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JOHN HALIFAX, GENTLEMAN 

by Dinah Maria Mulock (Mrs.  Craik) 

CHAPTER I 

"Get out o' Mr.  Fletcher's road, ye idle, lounging, little--" 

"Vagabond," I think the woman (Sally Watkins, once my nurse), was
going to say, but she changed her mind. 

My father and I both glanced round, surprised at her unusual
reticence of epithets: but when the lad addressed turned, fixed his
eyes on each of us for a moment, and made way for us, we ceased to
wonder.  Ragged, muddy, and miserable as he was, the poor boy looked
anything but a "vagabond." 

"Thee need not go into the wet, my lad.  Keep close to the wall, and
there will be shelter enough both for us and thee," said my father,

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