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Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit, Vol. 7 of Charles Dickens Library Edition, Chapter 18, "Does Business with the House of Anthony Chuzzlewit and Son, from Which One of the Partners Retires Unexpectedly," facing p. 320.
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“Passages illustrated: Mr. Pinch was jogging along, full of pleasant thoughts and cheerful influences, when he saw, upon the path before him, going in the same direction with himself, a traveller on foot, who walked with a light quick step, and sang as he went — for certain in a very loud voice, but not unmusically. He was a young fellow, of some five or six- and-twenty perhaps, and was dressed in such a free and fly-away fashion, that the long ends of his loose red neckcloth were streaming out behind him quite as often as before; and the bunch of bright winter berries in the buttonhole of his velveteen coat was as visible to Mr Pinch's rearward observation, as if he had worn that garment wrong side foremost. He continued to sing with so much energy, that he did not hear the sound of wheels until it was close behind him; when he turned a whimsical face and a very merry pair of blue eyes on Mr Pinch, and checked himself directly. — Chapter 5, "Containing a Full Account of the Installation of Mr. Pecksniff's New Pupil . . . ," p. 69. [continued below]
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