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She gave a gesture of despair.
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Mr. Jaggs reported again for duty that night. He came at half-past nine, a shabby-looking old man, and Lydia, who had not yet got used to her new magnificence, came out into the hall to meet him.
He was certainly not a prepossessing object, and Lydia discovered that, in addition to his other misfortunes, he had a slight squint.
“I hadn’t an opportunity of thanking you the other day, Mr. Jaggs,” she said. “I think you saved my life.”
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“Too much light for me, miss,” said the old man, shaking his head. “I like to sit in the dark and listen, that’s what I like, to sit in the dark and listen.”
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Reluctantly she switched out the light.
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