he said, "but Mr. Norris West's statement does not surprise
'The old gentleman over the way?' said Oliver. 'Yes, I see him.'
'A prime plant,' observed Master Charley Bates.
Oliver looked from one to the other, with the greatest surprise;
but he was not permitted to make any inquiries; for the two boys
walked stealthily across the road, and slunk close behind the old
gentleman towards whom his attention had been directed. Oliver
walked a few paces after them; and, not knowing whether to
advance or retire, stood looking on in silent amazement.