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And I bid you welcome, Mr. Earker, to my house. Come in; the night air is rtill, and you must need to eat and rest." As he rc speaking he put the lamp on a bracket on fu wall, and stepping out, took my luggage; he had carried it in before I could forestall him. I lnotested, but he insisted: 'Nay, sir, you are my guest" It is late, and my prcple are not aailable. I-et me see to your comfurt rn)nelf." He insisted on carrying my traps dong the passage, and *ren up a great winding rtair, and along another gneat pzr$age, on whose *one floor our steps rang heavily. At the end of rhis he threw open a heavy dooq and I rejoiced to see within a well-lit room in which a table was spread forsupper, and on whose mighty hearth a great fire of logs flamed and flared.

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