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seeing that he looked a little—“just a [lit] little down, you know,” said Bob—enquired
with so much kindness what had happened, that he to distress him. “On which,”
said Bob; “for he is the pleasantest-spoken gentleman you ever heard, I told him. ‘I
am heartily sorry for it, Robert Mr. Cratchit’ he said, ‘and heartily sorry for your good
wife.’ However How By the bye, how he ever knew that, I [I was underlined, then the underline was crossed out] don’t know!”

“Knew what, my dear.”

“Why, that you were a good wife,” said replied Bob.

“Everybody knows that!” cried said Peter.

Well said Very well observed my boy!” cried Bob. “I hope they do.—‘Heartily sorry,’ he said, ‘for
your good wife. If I can be[friend] of service to you in any way’ he said, giving me his card, ‘that’s where I live. Pray come to me. Now
it [isn’t] wasn’t,” cried Bob, “for the sake of anything he might be able to do for me, but us, so much as
for his kind way, that this was such a comfort you can’t think quite delightful.
????. It really seemed as if he had known our Tiny Tim, and felt along with us!”

“I’m sure he’s a good soul!” said Mrs Cratchit.

And you’d You would be surer of it, my dear,” returned Bob, “if you could saw and spoke
to him. “I shouldn’t be at all surprised; mark what I say; if he got Peter a
better situation.”

Peter brightene “Only hear that, Peter!” said Mrs Cratchit.

“And then,” said cried one of the girls, “Peter will be keeping company with
someone, and setting up for himself.”

“Get along with you!” retorted Peter, grinning.

“It’s just as likely as not,” said Bob, “one of these days; though there’s plenty
of time for that, my dear. But [whenev] however and whenever we part from
one another, I hope ??? hope that am sure [that] we shall none of us forget poor Tiny Tim—shall we—or this first parting
that there was among us.”

“Never, father!”, said cried they all.

“And I hope know,” said [li little]Bob, “I know my dears, that when we recollect
how patient and how good in everything our Tiny was how mild he good our Tiny ???? he was, though he was although he was a little, little child,
we shall not quarrel easily among ourselves, and forget poor Tiny Tim in doing it.”

“No, never father!” they all cried again.

“Thank God[.]“I [We ???? ] am very [grateful ]happy,” said little Bob, “that we can be so I am very We are very I am very happy .” here tonight.

Mrs Cratchit kissed him, and his daughters kissed him, and the
two young Cratchits kissed him, and and Peter and himself shook hands. They all shed one ???d ???? Spirit of [Oh the]
???? of Tiny Tim ????? of Tiny Tim ??t a ??fling triv? ???ghe was gone m??? Scrooge would have done thy little thy [tiny] ??? essence was from God! So to?? ght Spirit of ??
Tiny Tim, thy childish essence was from God! from God!

Spirit Spectre!” said Scrooge, “I feel Something tells informs me that our parting-moment
is at hand. I know it, but I know not how. Before [that ] that time arrives, Tell
me what the what man it is it ??? is was that was, whom we saw lying dead! have seen afore ?? saw lying dead!”

The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come conveyed him, as before (though at a different time, he thought; indeed, there seemed no order in this latter visions, save that they were in the Future) into
the ??ly hou??s quarter part of ?o??gh?a?s he knew best, into the resorts resorts of men business men, but shewed him not himself. Indeed the
Spirit [st] did not ?? stop until stay for anything, but went straight on as to

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