1 I foresaw that, being convicted, his possessions would be forfeited to the Crown.
2 Herbert was there, and Startop was there; but our boat was gone, and the two convicts were gone.
3 There had been shrieks from among the women convicts; but they had been stilled, and a hush had succeeded.
4 The direction that I took was not that in which my old home lay, nor that in which we had pursued the convicts.
5 I had cherished a profound conviction that her bringing me up by hand gave her no right to bring me up by jerks.
6 Cowering forward for warmth and to make me a screen against the wind, the convicts were closer to me than before.
7 With my heart thumping like a blacksmith at Joe's broad shoulder, I looked all about for any sign of the convicts.
8 As to the convicts, they went their way with the coach, and I knew at what point they would be spirited off to the river.
9 Finally, I remember that when I got into my little bedroom, I was truly wretched, and had a strong conviction on me that I should never like Joe's trade.
10 No," said he; "not till it got about that there was no protection on the premises, and it come to be considered dangerous, with convicts and Tag and Rag and Bobtail going up and down.
11 That, if Joe knew it, and at any subsequent period of our joint domestic life remarked that his beer was flat or thick, the conviction that he suspected Tar in it, would bring a rush of blood to my face.
12 The boat had returned, and his guard were ready, so we followed him to the landing-place made of rough stakes and stones, and saw him put into the boat, which was rowed by a crew of convicts like himself.
13 So he got into his place, still making complaints, and the keeper got into the place next him, and the convicts hauled themselves up as well as they could, and the convict I had recognized sat behind me with his breath on the hair of my head.
14 They did not undertake to say when it had left the prison-ships to which it undoubtedly had once belonged; but they claimed to know for certain that that particular manacle had not been worn by either of the two convicts who had escaped last night.
15 I entertain a conviction, based upon large experience, that if in the days of my prosperity I had gone to the North Pole, I should have met somebody there, wandering Esquimaux or civilized man, who would have told me that Pumblechook was my earliest patron and the founder of my fortunes.
16 As I had often heard of them in the capacity of outside passengers, and had more than once seen them on the high road dangling their ironed legs over the coach roof, I had no cause to be surprised when Herbert, meeting me in the yard, came up and told me there were two convicts going down with me.
17 Their keeper had a brace of pistols, and carried a thick-knobbed bludgeon under his arm; but he was on terms of good understanding with them, and stood with them beside him, looking on at the putting-to of the horses, rather with an air as if the convicts were an interesting Exhibition not formally open at the moment, and he the Curator.
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