'I don't care if I do lose,' said Sir Mulberry; 'for one tolerable look at Miss Nickleby's eyes is worth double the money.'
'How goes the enemy, Snobb?' asked Sir Mulberry Hawk.
'You needn't trouble yourself to inquire, my buck,' said Sir Mulberry; 'Miss Nickleby and I understand each other; she declares on my side, and shows her taste.
'Get the money ready,' said Sir Mulberry; 'you'll soon hand over.'
The poor girl, who was so overwhelmed with confusion that she scarcely knew what she did, had determined to remain perfectly quiet; but fearing that by so doing she might seem to countenance Sir Mulberry's boast, which had been uttered with great coarseness and vulgarity of manner, raised her eyes, and looked him in the face.
'Capital!' said Sir Mulberry Hawk, putting the stakes in his pocket.
responded, with great warmth of manner, to this proposal, or that the toast was drunk with many little insinuations from the firm, relative to the completeness of Sir Mulberry's conquest.
Lounging on an ottoman close beside her, was Sir Mulberry Hawk, evidently the worse--if a man be a ruffian at heart, he is never the better--for wine.
'I have looked at 'em for five minutes,' said Sir Mulberry. 'Upon my soul, they're perfect.
'No, don't,' said Sir Mulberry, folding his crushed hat to lay his elbow on, and bringing himself still closer to the young lady; 'upon my life, you oughtn't to.
'Now why,' said Sir Mulberry, 'why will you keep up this appearance of excessive rigour, my sweet creature?
Kate hastily rose; but as she rose, Sir Mulberry caught her dress, and forcibly detained her.