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aleliouse company, with tales of thine ingratitude and his
nificence towards thee once upon a time ; and then he siiows his
ows worn in holes, and puts his soleless shoes up on a bencli,
i begs his auditors look there, while thou art comfortably housed
i clothed. All known to thee, and yet all borne with, Tom !
So, with a smile upon thy face, thou passest gently to another
isure ; to a quicker and more joyful one ; and little feet are
d to dance about thee at the sound, and bright young eyes
glance up into thine. And there is one slight creature, Tom
ler child ; not Ruth's — whom thine eyes follow in tlie romp and
ice : who, wondering sometimes to see thee look so thoughtful,



796 LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT.

runs to climb up on thy knee, and put her cheek to thine • wl
^ loves thee, Tom, above the rest, if that can be : and falling sic

once, chose thee for her nurse : and never knew impatience "Toi
when Thou wert by her side. '

Thou glidest now, into a graver air: an air devoted to o'
friends and byegone times ; and in thy lingering touch upon tl
keys, and the rich swelling of the mellow harmony, they rise befo
thee. The spirit of that old man dead, who delighted to antic
pate thy wants, and never ceased to honour thee, is there, amoi
the rest : repeating, with a face composed and calm, the words 1
said to thee upon his bed, and blessing thee !

And coming from a garden, Tom : bestrewn with flowers I
children's hands : thy sister, little Ruth, as light of foot and hea
<^ as in old days, sits down beside thee. From the Present, and tl

Past, with which she is so tenderly entwined in all thy thought
thy strain soars onward to the Future. As it resounds within th(
and without, thy kindling face looks on her with a Love and Trus
that knows it cannot die. The noble music, rolling round h(
in a cloud of melody, shuts out the grosser prospect of an earth)
parting, and uplifts her, Tom, to Heaven !



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