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Full text of "A few memories"

x*°                            A FEW  MEMORIES
Maida Vale into " Dickens land," Mr. Laurence Ilutton and Dr. E. B. Martin, who had exhaustively studied the ground, taking us into all the quarters of London which the great novelist had described  in  his various works.    It was like a dream to find ourselves in the veritable Old Curiosity Shop, and to be asked by its occupants to take tea under the roof that had sheltered Little Nell and her grandfather.    Snagsby's house, still occupied  by a law stationer, was recognized at once,  and  we   were  fortunate enough to  see a u Guster"   at   the   window.     Crook's  shop, with little Miss Elite's window above;   Tulkinghorn's room, with   the  staring  Roman  on  the  ceiling, who looked down upon him after the fatal bullet of   Ilortcnsc  had  ended his life;  the graveyard whose   muddy steps   Little Joe  had kept clean out of gratitude to the stranger who had been " worry   good"   to   him, and   many other places made familiar by the genius of Dickens were visited.    On one occasion we had an unconventionally pleasant   luncheon   at the old White   Hart, mentioned by Jack Cade in Shakespeare's " Henry VI.," where  the pretty housemaid in "Pickwick " called down to Sam Weller to " 'urry up them 'ILssians."   Another time we passed through