“'Well, well!' she said, smiting her small knees, and rising, 'this is not business. Come Steerforth, let's explore the polar regions and have it over.' She then selected two or three of the little instruments, and a little bottle, and asked (to my surprise) if the table would bear. On Steerforth replying in the affirmative, she pushed a chair against it, and begging the assistance of my hand, mounted up, pretty nimbly, to the top, as if it were a stage. 'If either of you saw my ankles,' she said, when she was safely elevated, 'say so and I'll go home and destroy myself.'”
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