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An old acquaintance of Oliver's, exhibiting decided marks of genius, becomes a public character in the metropolis.

Upon the very same night when Nancy, having lulled Mr. Sikes to sleep, hurried on her selfimposed mission to Rose Maylie, there advanced towards London by the Great North Road two persons, upon whom it is expedient that this history should bestow some attention.

They were a man and woman, or perhaps they would be better described as a male and female; for the former was one of those long-limbed, knock-kneed, shambling, bony figures, to whom it is difficult to assign any precise age,—looking as they do, when they are yet