"Jump up," said the man. "Is that your boy?"
"Yes; he's my boy," replied Sikes, looking hard at Oliver, and putting his hand abstractedly into the pocket where the pistol was.
"Your father walks rather too quick for you; don't he, my man?" inquired the driver, seeing that Oliver was out of breath.
"Not a bit of it," replied Sikes, interposing. "He's used to it. Here, take hold of my hand, Ned. In with you!"
Thus addressing Oliver, he helped him into the cart; and the driver, pointing to a heap of sacks, told him to lie dowm there, and rest himself.
As they passed the different milestones, Oliver wondered more and more where his companion meant to take him. Kensington, Hammersmith, Chiswick, Kew Bridge, Brentford, were all passed; and yet they kept on as steadily as if they had only begun their journey. At length they came to a public-house called the Coach and Horses, a little way beyond