1 'Lord, Master Davy,' replied Peggotty.
2 I had been reading to Peggotty about crocodiles.
3 YOU MAY,' says Peggotty, 'if you choose, my dear.
4 'Certainly not,' says Peggotty, with the promptest decision.
5 Peggotty and I were sitting one night by the parlour fire, alone.
6 The stool was smooth, and Peggotty was rough, but that made no difference.
7 I had reached that stage of sleepiness when Peggotty seemed to swell and grow immensely large.
8 The ground-work of that stool, and Peggotty's complexion appeared to me to be one and the same thing.
9 One Sunday night my mother reads to Peggotty and me in there, how Lazarus was raised up from the dead.
10 But though Peggotty's eye wanders, she is much offended if mine does, and frowns to me, as I stand upon the seat, that I am to look at the clergyman.
11 Looking back, as I was saying, into the blank of my infancy, the first objects I can remember as standing out by themselves from a confusion of things, are my mother and Peggotty.
12 My opinion is,' said Peggotty, taking her eyes from me, after a little indecision and going on with her work, 'that I never was married myself, Master Davy, and that I don't expect to be.
13 In time my eyes gradually shut up; and, from seeming to hear the clergyman singing a drowsy song in the heat, I hear nothing, until I fall off the seat with a crash, and am taken out, more dead than alive, by Peggotty.
14 I have an impression on my mind which I cannot distinguish from actual remembrance, of the touch of Peggotty's forefinger as she used to hold it out to me, and of its being roughened by needlework, like a pocket nutmeg-grater.
15 Peggotty knowing nothing about her, and my mother saying nothing about her, she was quite a mystery in the parlour; and the fact of her having a magazine of jewellers' cotton in her pocket, and sticking the article in her ears in that way, did not detract from the solemnity of her presence.
16 On the ground-floor is Peggotty's kitchen, opening into a back yard; with a pigeon-house on a pole, in the centre, without any pigeons in it; a great dog-kennel in a corner, without any dog; and a quantity of fowls that look terribly tall to me, walking about, in a menacing and ferocious manner.
17 Ham Peggotty, who went to the national school, and was a very dragon at his catechism, and who may therefore be regarded as a credible witness, reported next day, that happening to peep in at the parlour-door an hour after this, he was instantly descried by Miss Betsey, then walking to and fro in a state of agitation, and pounced upon before he could make his escape.
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