Chapters 23-26 Summary

Mr. Chester is leisurely getting dressed to go out one evening and reading Lord Chesterfield’s book of advice when a visitor is announced. Mr. Chester’s first thought is that it could be a creditor coming out of normal hours to catch him. When he learns it is Hugh from the Maypole, he orders him to be shown in after he has thoroughly cleaned his shoes. Hugh enters, accompanied by his dog. He presents the letter he took from Dolly Varden. Mr. Chester accepts it and asks what else Hugh took from the girl. Hugh at first replies that he took only a kiss, but he finally admits that he also took a bracelet (which Mr. Chester had already heard was also stolen). Hugh tries to give it to him, but Mr. Chester tells him to keep it—he is...

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