Philip was obliged to laugh, but Miss Price grew darkly red with anger.
Miss Price began to criticise what Philip had done.
"Miss Price wants to indicate that she is giving you the advantage of her knowledge from a sense of duty rather than on account of any charms of your person," said Clutton.
Miss Price gave him a furious look, and went back to her own drawing.
"You've made an impression on Fanny Price. You'd better look out."
This was wholly unintelligible to Nicholas, who had no other distinct impression on his mind at the moment, than that Miss Squeers was an ordinary-looking girl, and her friend Miss Price a pretty one; but he had not time to enlighten himself by reflection, for the hearth being by this time swept up, and the candle snuffed, they sat down to play speculation.
'What do you say, Mr Nickleby?' inquired Miss Price.
And so saying, quite unconscious of his heinous offence, he amalgamated into one common heap those portions of a Dotheboys Hall card of terms, which represented his own counters, and those allotted to Miss Price, respectively.
'Only a dozen and eight, love,' replied Miss Price, affecting to take the question in a literal sense.
'No, indeed,' replied Miss Price, 'I am in excellent spirits.
'You've got some spirit about you, you have,' said Price.
Price that they had come to 'make it all right' for him, joined them at a table in the farther end of the room.