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On purpose, like? ” Mr. Balthasar asked very gently. “Charlie couldn’t pick ’im up,” Gracie replied. ” Gracie realized her mistake. “I dunno. ” “And the cart? ” “Yes,” Mr. Balthasar said very sincerely. ” He searched her face, as if trying to judge how much she understood, and how much more he should tell her. Suddenly she was brushed with genuine fear, a cold grip inside her that held hard. She fought against it. Now it was not just helping Minnie Maude because she was sorry for her, and felt a certain kind of responsibility.

At the corner the wind was harder. It sliced down the open street, whining in the eaves of the taller buildings, their brick defaced with age, weathering, and neglect. Water stains from broken guttering streaked black, and she knew they would smell of mold inside, like dirty socks. The soles of her boots slipped on the ice, and her feet were so cold she could not feel her toes anymore. The next street over was busy with people, men going to work at the lumberyard or the coal merchant, girls going to the match factory a little farther up.

Even hansom cabs didn’t often come to this part of the East End. Commercial Street, or Whitechapel Road, maybe, on their way to somewhere else. She looked at the child’s eager face and felt her heart sink. ” she asked. “Minnie Maude Mudway,” the child replied. “But I in’t lorst. I’m lookin’ fer Charlie. ’e’s the one wot’s lorst, an’ summink might ’ave ’appened to ’im. I told yer, me uncle Alf’s bin killed. Yesterday it were, an’ Charlie’s gorn. ’e’d ’ave come ’ome if ’e could. ” Gracie was exasperated.

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