1 The girl curtseyed, and sat down.
2 Let the girl understand the fact.
3 Sissy, my good girl, leave us alone a minute.
4 Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts.
5 From the first he had sought to conciliate that gentleman, for the sake of the deserted girl.
6 He was a very light porter indeed; as light as in the days when he blinkingly defined a horse, for girl number twenty.
7 In the drawing-room of which mansion, there presently entered to them the most remarkable girl Mr. James Harthouse had ever seen.
8 They followed the girl up some steep corner-stairs without meeting any one, and stopped in the dark while she went on for a candle.
9 Somehow or other, he had become possessed by an idea that there was something in this girl which could hardly be set forth in a tabular form.
10 Almost as they did so, there came running round the corner of the street at a quick pace and with a frightened look, a girl whom Mr. Gradgrind recognized.
11 They expected every moment to hear Merrylegs give tongue, but the highly trained performing dog had not barked when the girl and the candle appeared together.
12 In the innocence of her brave affection, and the brimming up of her old devoted spirit, the once deserted girl shone like a beautiful light upon the darkness of the other.
13 The girl believed that her father had not deserted her; she lived in the hope that he would come back, and in the faith that he would be made the happier by her remaining where she was.
14 There were times when he could not read the face he had studied so long; and when this lonely girl was a greater mystery to him, than any woman of the world with a ring of satellites to help her.
15 But, whereas the girl was so dark-eyed and dark-haired, that she seemed to receive a deeper and more lustrous colour from the sun, when it shone upon her, the boy was so light-eyed and light-haired that the self-same rays appeared to draw out of him what little colour he ever possessed.
16 There was an air of jaded sullenness in them both, and particularly in the girl: yet, struggling through the dissatisfaction of her face, there was a light with nothing to rest upon, a fire with nothing to burn, a starved imagination keeping life in itself somehow, which brightened its expression.
17 I, who came here to inform the father of the poor girl, Jupe, that she could not be received at the school any more, in consequence of there being practical objections, into which I need not enter, to the reception there of the children of persons so employed, am prepared in these altered circumstances to make a proposal.
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