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'I wish you'd come with me and see her, Mr Headstone, though she is not settled.
'My sister Lizzie,' said the boy, proudly, 'wants no preparing, Mr Headstone. What she is, she is, and shows herself to be.
Bradley Headstone, in his decent black coat and waistcoat, and decent white shirt, and decent formal black tie, and decent pantaloons of pepper and salt, with his decent silver watch in his pocket and its decent hair-guard round his neck, looked a thoroughly decent young man of six-and-twenty.
Yet there was enough of what was animal, and of what was fiery (though smouldering), still visible in him, to suggest that if young Bradley Headstone, when a pauper lad, had chanced to be told off for the sea, he would not have been the last man in a ship's crew.
Such were the circumstances that had brought together, Bradley Headstone and young Charley Hexam that autumn evening.
It came out in Miss Peecher the schoolmistress, watering her flowers, as Mr Bradley Headstone walked forth.
If Mr Bradley Headstone had addressed a written proposal of marriage to her, she would probably have replied in a complete little essay on the theme exactly a slate long, but would certainly have replied Yes.
'A very fine evening, Mr Headstone,' said Miss Peecher.
'But that can't be, I think,' returned Miss Peecher: 'because Mr Headstone can have no business with HER.'
Bradley Headstone and Charley Hexam duly got to the Surrey side of Westminster Bridge, and crossed the bridge, and made along the Middlesex shore towards Millbank.
'Are you alone all day?' asked Bradley Headstone. 'Don't any of the neighbouring children--?'
'I told Mr Headstone you were not settled, Liz, but he was so kind as to take an interest in coming, and so I brought him.
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