I hear the splash in the water—I see the white object floating like a sea-bird on the tide—it will not sink!" "'Sblood!" exclaimed Jonathan, in a tone of ill-disguised contempt; "it won't do to indulge those fancies now. I don’t want to bother you, of course. It was not only that her father had said all sorts of inconsistent and unreasonable things, but that by some incomprehensible infection she herself had replied in the same vein. " "By Heaven!" cried Kneebone, with increasing fervour, "it is true—as true as my affection for you. I hope we may never find her again. To be sure, Ruth had dimly been aware of this; but now for the first time she was made painfully conscious of it. CHAPTER IV. The chief scene of these disgusting orgies,—the cellar, just referred to,—was a large low-roofed vault, about four feet below the level of the street, perfectly dark, unless when illumined by a roaring fire, and candles stuck in pyramidal lumps of clay, with a range of butts and barrels at one end, and benches and tables at the other, where the prisoners, debtors, and malefactors male and female, assembled as long as their money lasted, and consumed the time in drinking, smoking, and gaming with cards and dice. That was one of the compensations for having consigned himself to this part of the world. An entire forest’s array of meats was served in courses brought out to the table.
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