'In that 'ere little compliment respectin' the want of hock'erdness in ladies, Sammy, replied his father. 'You don't think she's fallen in love with you in consekens o' that, do you? said Sam. 'More unlikelier things have come to pass, my boy, replied Mr. Weller in a hoarse whisper; 'I'm always afeerd of inadwertent captiwation, Sammy.
'Indeed, said she, 'without Mr. Slithers I should have been placed in quite an awkward situation. 'There is no call for any hock'erdness, mum, said Mr. Weller with the utmost politeness; 'no call wotsumever. A lady, added the old gentleman, looking about him with the air of one who establishes an incontrovertible position, 'a lady can't be hock'erd. Natur' has otherwise purwided.