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distance, driving a chaise cart towards the object of his affections.

Peggotty was dressed as usual, in her neat and quiet mourning; but Mr. Barkis bloomed in a new blue 5 coat, of which the tailor had given him such good measure that the cuffs would have rendered gloves unnecessary in the coldest weather, while the collar was so high that it pushed his hair up on end on the top of

his head. His bright buttons, too, were of the largest 10 size. Rendered complete by drab pantaloons, and a

buff waistcoat, I thought Mr. Barkis a phenomenon of respectability.

When we were all in a bustle outside the door, I found that Mr. Peggotty was prepared with an old 15 shoe, which was to be thrown after us for luck, and which he offered to Mrs. Gummidge for that purpose.

“No. It had better be done by somebody else, Dan'l,” said Mrs. Gummidge. “I'm a lone lorn creetur' myself, and everythink that reminds me of cree20 turs that ain't lone and lorn, goes contrairy with me.'

But here Peggotty, who had been going about from one to another in a hurried way, kissing everybody, called out from the cart in which we all were by this

time (Em’ly and I on two little chairs, side by side), 25 that Mrs. Gummidge must do it. So Mrs. Gummidge

did it; and, I am sorry to relate, cast a damp upon the festive character of our departure, by immediately


bursting into tears, and sinking subdued into the arms of Ham, with the declaration that she knowed she was a burden, and had better be carried to the House at once. Which I really thought was a sensible idea, that Ham might have acted on.

Away we went, however, on our holiday excursion; and the first thing we did was to stop at a church, where Mr. Barkis tied the horse to some rails, and went in with Peggotty, leaving little Em’ly and me alone in the chaise. I took that occasion to inform 10 her, that I never could love another, and that I was prepared to shed the blood of anybody who should aspire to her affections.

How merry little Em'ly made herself about it! With what a demure assumption of being immensely older 15 and wiser than I, the fairy little woman said I was "a silly boy”; and then laughed so charmingly that I forgot the pain of being called by that disparaging name, in the pleasure of looking at her.

Mr. Barkis and Peggotty were a good while in the 20 church, but came out at last, and then we drove away into the country. As we were going along, Mr. Barkis turned to me, and said, with a wink, — by-the-by, , I should hardly have thought, before, that he could wink:

“What name was it as I wrote up in the cart?” “Clara Peggotty," I answered.


“What name would it be as I should write up now, if there was a tilt here?”

“Clara Peggotty, again ?” I suggested.

“Clara Peggotty BARKIS !” he returned, and burst 5 into a roar of laughter that shook the chaise.

In a word, they were married, and had gone into the church for no other purpose. Peggotty was re


solved that it should be quietly done; and the clerk

had given her away, and there had been no witnesses 10 of the ceremony. She was a little confused when

Mr. Barkis made this abrupt announcement of their union, and could not hug me enough in token of her unimpaired affection; but she soon became herself again, and said she was very glad it was over.

We drove to a little inn in a by-road, where we were expected, and where we had a very comfortable dinner, and passed the day with great satisfaction.

If Peggotty had been married every day for the last ten years, she could hardly have been more at her ease about 5 it; it made no sort of difference in her: she was just the same as ever, and went out for a stroll with little Em’ly and me before tea, while Mr. Barkis philosophically smoked his pipe, and enjoyed himself, I suppose, with the contemplation of his happiness. If 10 so, it sharpened his appetite; for I distinctly call to mind that, although he had eaten a good deal of pork and greens at dinner, and had finished off with a fowl or two, he was obliged to have cold boiled bacon for tea, and disposed of a large quantity without any emo-15 tion.

I have often thought, since, what an odd, innocent, out-of-the-way kind of wedding it must have been ! We got into the chaise again soon after dark, and drove cozily back, looking up at the stars, and talking about 20 them. I was their chief exponent, and opened Mr. Barkis's mind to an amazing extent. I told him all I knew, but he would have believed anything I might have taken it into my head to impart to him, for he had a profound veneration for my abilities.

Well, we came to the old boat again in good time at night; and there Mr. and Mrs. Barkis bade us good


by, and drove away snugly to their own home. I felt then, for the first time, that I had lost Peggotty. I should have gone to bed with a sore heart indeed under any other roof but that which sheltered little 5 Em'ly's head.

Mr. Peggotty and Ham knew what was in my thoughts as well as I did, and were ready with some supper and their hospitable faces to drive it away.

Little Em'ly came and sat beside me on the locker for 10 the only time in all that visit; and it was altogether a wonderful close to a wonderful day.

It was a night tide; and soon after we went to bed, Mr. Peggotty and Ham went out to fish. I felt very brave at being left alone in the solitary house, the 15 protector of Em’ly and Mrs. Gummidge, and only

wished that a lion or a serpent, or any ill-disposed monster, would make an attack upon us, that I might destroy him, and cover myself with glory. But as

nothing of the sort happened to be walking about on 20 Yarmouth flats that night, I provided the best substitute I could by dreaming of dragons until morning.

CHARLES DICKENS: David Copperfield.

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