Not to do anything, but to tell me where she goes, who she sees, and, if possible, what she says; to remember the street, if it is a street, or the house, if it is a house; and to bring me back all the information you can.
What'll yer give me? asked Noah, setting down his cup, and looking his employer, eagerly, in the face.
If you do it well, a pound, my dear. One pound, said Fagin, wishing to interest him in the scent as much as possible. And that's what I never gave yet, for any job of work where there wasn't valuable consideration to be gained.
Who is she? inquired Noah.
One of us.
Oh Lor! cried Noah, curling up his nose. Yer doubtful of her, are yer?
She has found out some new friends, my dear, and I must know who they are, replied Fagin.
I see, said Noah. Just to have the pleasure of knowing them, if they're respectable people, eh? Ha! ha! ha! I'm your man.
I knew you would be, cried Fagin, elated by the success of his proposal.
Of course, of course, replied Noah. Where is she? Where am I to wait for her? Where am I to go?
All that, my dear, you shall hear from me. I'll point her out at the proper time, said Fagin. You keep ready, and leave the rest to me.
That night, and the next, and the next again, the spy sat booted and equipped in his carter's dress: ready to turn out at a word from Fagin. Six nights passed six long weary nights and on each, Fagin came home with a disappointed face, and briefly intimated that it was not yet time. On the seventh, he returned earlier, and with an exultation he could not conceal. It was Sunday.
She goes abroad to-night, said Fagin, and on the right errand, I'm sure; for she has been alone all day, and the man she is afraid of, will not be back much before daybreak. Come with me. Quick!
Noah started up without saying a word; for the Jew was in a state of such intense excitement that it infected him. They left the house stealthily, and, hurrying through a labyrinth of streets, arrived at length before a public-house, which Noah recognised as the same in which he had slept, on the night of his arrival in London.
It was past eleven o'clock, and the door was closed. It opened softly on its hinges as Fagin gave a low whistle. They entered, without noise; and the door was closed behind them.
Scarcely venturing to whisper, but substituting dumb show for words, Fagin, and the young Jew who had admitted them, pointed out the pane of glass to Noah, and signed to him to climb up and observe the person in the adjoining room.
Is that the woman? he asked, scarcely above his breath.
Fagin nodded yes.
I can't see her face well, whispered Noah. She is looking down, and the candle is behind her.
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