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my dear," replied the Jew shrugging his shoulders.

"Well, I suppose it is," growled Sikes. "I thought I had. tamed her, but she 's as bad as ever."

"Worse," said the Jew thoughtfully. "I never knew her like this, for such a little cause."

"Nor I," said Sikes. "I think she 's got a touch of that fever in her blood yet, and it won't come out—eh?"

"Like enough," replied the Jew.

"I 'll let her a little blood without troubling the doctor, if she 's took that way again," said Sikes.

The Jew nodded an expressive approval of this mode of treatment.

"She was hanging about me all day and night too when I was stretched on my back; and you, like a black-hearted wolf as you are, kept yourself aloof," said Sikes. "We was very poor too all the time, and I think one way or other it 's worried and fretted her, and that