When the Riots were many years old, and Edward and his
wife came back to England with a family almost as numerous
as Dolly's, and one day appeared at the Maypole porch, he
knew them instantly, and wept and leaped for joy. But
neither to visit them, nor on any other pretence, no matter
how full of promise and enjoyment, could he be persuaded
to set foot in the streets : nor did he ever conquer his re-
pugnance or look upon the town again.
Grip soon recovered his looks, and became as glossy and
sleek as ever. But he was profoundly silent. Whether he
had forgotten the art of Polite Conversation in Newgate, or
had made a vow in those troubled times to forego, for a
period, the display of his accomplishments, is matter of un-
certainty; but certain it is that for a whole year he never
indulged in any other sound than a grave, decorous croak.
At the expiration of that term, the morning being very
bright and sunny, he was heard to address himself to the
horses in the stable, upon the subject of the Kettle, so often
mentioned in these pages ; and before the witness who over-
heard him could run into the house with the intelligence, and
add to it upon his solemn affirmation the statement that
he had heard him laugh, the bird himself advanced with
fantastic steps to the very door of the bar, and there cried
" I"m a devil, I'm a devil, An a devil ! " with extraordinary
From that period (although he was supposed to be much
affected by the death of Mr. Willet senior), he constantly
practised and improved himself in the vulgar tongue ; and,
as he was a mere infant for a raven when Barnaby was grey,
he has very probably gone on talking to the present time.
NOTES ON BARNABY RUDGE.
CHAPTER XL VII.
"A fine old country gentleman."
Coming in the generation between Fielding's Squire "Western and
Thackeray's Sir Pitt Crawl ey, this boorish character can scarcely bo
" The Bell."
This refers, of course, to the bell which startled Solomon Daisy, as
related in Chapter I.
" What's to become of the country if the military power's to go a
superseding the ciwilians in this way 1 "
Mr. Dennis's constitutional reflections precisely correspond to those
of Horace Walpole, after the suppression of the Riots.
CHAPTER THE LAST.
"I'm a-going, Joseph, to the Salwanners."
Mr. Willet may conceivably have had "salvation"' in his befogged
mind, but this is only a conjecture.
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