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Winkle, springing out of bed. Quite unpossible to identify any genlmn vith any degree o mental satisfaction, vithout lookin at him, Sir, replied the voice dogmatically. Mr. Winkle, not much doubting who the young man was, unlocked the door; which he had no sooner done than Mr. Samuel Weller entered with great precipitation, and carefully relocking it on the inside, deliberately put the key in his waistcoat pocket; and, after surveying Mr. Winkle from head to foot, said-- Youre a wery humorous young genlmn, you air, Sir! What do you mean by this conduct, Sam? inquired Mr. Winkle indignantly. Get out, sir, this instant. What do you mean, Sir? What do I mean, retorted Sam; come, Sir, this is rayther too rich, as the young lady said when she remonstrated with the pastry-cook, arter hed sold her a pork pie as had got nothin but fat inside. What do I mean! Well, that aint a bad un, that aint. Unlock that door, and leave this room immediately, Sir, said Mr. Winkle. I shall leave this here room, sir, just precisely at the wery same moment as you leaves it, responded Sam, speaking in a forcible manner, and seating himself with perfect gravity. If I find it necessary to carry you away, pick-a-back, o course I shall leave it the least bit o time possible afore you; but allow me to express a hope as you wont reduce me to extremities; in saying wich, I merely quote wot the nobleman said to the fractious pennywinkle, ven he vouldnt come out of his shell by means of a pin, and he conseqvently began to be afeered that he should be obliged to crack him in the parlour door. At the end of this address, which was unusually lengthy for him, Mr. Weller planted his hands on his knees, and looked full in Mr. Winkles face, with an expression of countenance which showed that he had not the remotest intention of being trifled with. Youre a amiably-disposed young man, Sir, I dont think, resumed Mr. Weller, in a tone of moral reproof, to go inwolving our precious governor in all sorts o fanteegs, wen hes made up his mind to go through everythink for principle. Youre far worse nor Dodson, Sir; and as for Fogg, I consider him a born angel to you! Mr. Weller having accompanied this last sentiment with an emphatic slap on each knee, folded his arms with a look of great disgust, and threw himself back in his chair, as if awaiting the criminals defence. My good fellow, said Mr. Winkle, extending his hand--his teeth chattering all the time he spoke, for he had been standing, during the whole of Mr. Wellers lecture, in his night-gear--my good fellow, I respect your attachment to my excellent friend, and I am very sorry indeed to have added to his causes for disquiet. There, Sam, there! Well, said Sam, rather sulkily, but giving the proffered hand a respectful shake at the same time--well, so you ought to be, and I am very glad to find you air; for, if I can help it, I wont have him put upon by nobody, and thats all about it. Certainly not, Sam, said Mr. Winkle. There! Now go to bed, Sam, and well talk further about this in the morning. Im wery sorry, said Sam, but I cant go to bed. Not go to bed! repeated Mr. Winkle. No, said Sam, shaking his head. Cant be done. You dont mean to say youre going back to-night, Sam? urged Mr. Winkle, greatly surprised. Not unless you particklerly wish it, replied Sam; but I mustnt leave this here room. The governors orders wos peremptory. Nonsense, Sam, said Mr. Winkle, I must stop here two or three days; and more than that, Sam, you must stop here too, to assist me in gaining an interview with a young lady--Miss Allen, Sam; you remember her--whom I must and will see before I leave Bristol. But in reply to each of these positions, Sam shook his head with great firmness, and energetically replied, It cant be done. After a great deal of argument and representation on the part of Mr. Winkle, however, and a full disclosure of what had passed in the interview with Dowler, Sam began to waver; and at length a compromise was effected, of which the following were the main and principal conditions:-- That Sam should retire, and leave Mr. Winkle in the undisturbed possession of his apartment, on the condition that he had permission to lock the door on

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