"Cripples," said Charlotte.
"Three Cripples," repeated Noah, "and a very good sign too. Now, then, keep close at my heels, and:come along." With these injunctions, he pushed the rattling door with his shoulder, and entered the house followed by his companion.
There was nobody in the bar but a young Jew, who, with his two elbows on the counter, was reading a dirty newspaper. He stared very hard at Noah, and Noah stared very hard at him.
If Noah had been attired in his charity-boy's dress, there might have been some reason for the Jew's opening his eyes so wide; but as he had discarded the coat and badge, and wore a short smock-frock over his leathers, there seemed no particular reason for his appearance exciting so much attention in a public-house.
"Is this the Three Cripples?" asked Noah.
"That is the dabe of this house," replied the Jew.
"A gentleman we met on the road coming