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Chapter 8
He seemed distasted a little at her talking as she did at first, as well as I, taking it, as I
fancied he would, as something forward of her; but when he saw me give such an
answer, he came immediately to himself again. The next morning we talked of it again,
when I found he was fully satisfied, and, smiling, said he hoped I would not want money
and not tell him of it, and that I had promised him otherwise. I told him I had been very
much dissatisfied at my landlady's talking so publicly the day before of what she had
nothing to do with; but I supposed she wanted what I owed her, which was about eight
guineas, which I had resolved to give her, and had accordingly given it her the same
night she talked so foolishly.
He was in a might good humour when he heard me say I had paid her, and it went off
into some other discourse at that time. But the next morning, he having heard me up
about my room before him, he called to me, and I answering, he asked me to come into
his chamber. He was in bed when I came in, and he made me come and sit down on his
bedside, for he said he had something to say to me which was of some moment. After
some very kind expressions, he asked me if I would be very honest to him, and give a
sincere answer to one thing he would desire of me. After some little cavil at the word
'sincere,' and asking him if I had ever given him any answers which were not sincere, I
promised him I would. Why, then, his request was, he said, to let him see my purse. I
immediately put my hand into my pocket, and, laughing to him, pulled it out, and there
was in it three guineas and a half. Then he asked me if there was all the money I had. I
told him No, laughing again, not by a great deal.
Well, then, he said, he would have me promise to go and fetch him all the money I had,
every farthing. I told him I would, and I went into my chamber and fetched him a little
private drawer, where I had about six guineas more, and some silver, and threw it all
down upon the bed, and told him there was all my wealth, honestly to a shilling. He
looked a little at it, but did not tell it, and huddled it all into the drawer again, and then
reaching his pocket, pulled out a key, and bade me open a little walnut-tree box he had
upon the table, and bring him such a drawer, which I did. In which drawer there was a
great deal of money in gold, I believe near two hundred guineas, but I knew not how
much. He took the drawer, and taking my hand, made me put it in and take a whole
handful. I was backward at that, but he held my hand hard in his hand, and put it into
the drawer, and made me take out as many guineas almost as I could well take up at
When I had done so, he made me put them into my lap, and took my little drawer, and
poured out all my money among his, and bade me get me gone, and carry it all home
into my own chamber.
I relate this story the more particularly because of the good-humour there was in it, and
to show the temper with which we conversed. It was not long after this but he began