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The reporters, of course, expected a sensation; but, on the contrary, our evidence went to show that, as the poisonous substance was found in the "quartern" bottle on deceased's table, death was in all probability due to suicide.
In less than three minutes she returned, bringing a "quartern" loaf and a large piece of cheese.
With “one lapis lazuli against quartern fever, one small jasper to help you find water, one small topaz to soothe your eyes…” the King seems prepared for every eventuality, likely or not.
The next day, (the family having been meanwhile relieved with a half – quartern loaf and a piece of cheese, left with them by Mr. Bumble himself,) Oliver and his master returned to the miserable abode; where Mr. Bumble had already arrived, accompanied by four men from the workhouse, who were to act as bearers.
‘Why here’s one man that, in consideraton of his wife and large family, has a quartern loaf and a good pound of cheese, full weight.
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