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  • The wild young grandson makes answer to this and says, 'You're as rich as rich can be; you have been at no uncommon expense on my account, you're saving up piles of money for my little sister that lives with you in a secret, stealthy, hugger-muggering kind of way and with no manner of enjoyment -- why can't you stand a trifle for your grown-up relation?'

    Old Curiosity Shop

  • "I think," said Greenleaf, with manly tears in his eyes, "that you are the artfullest, craftiest, hugger-muggering, dear old rascal that ever lived.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 20, June, 1859


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