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Summary Chapter 38

Kit becomes fond of his employers and Barbara. He comes to view the cottage as a second home. He often talks about his family to Barbara. He is more aware of their poverty after living at the cottage, but he feels a certain pride in his roots as well. He sends money and visits when he can.

Kit has a special bond with the Garlands’ willful pony, which becomes very meek in his hands. It will even do tricks. Kit performs well in his other duties and earns his employers’ confidence.

One day he is taking Mr. Abel to the Notary’s office. Mr. Chuckster comes out to say Kit is wanted in the office. Kit goes inside and sees Mr. Witherden with Bevis Marks. Marks claims he doesn’t mean any harm to Nell or her grandfather. He came to this country, desiring to buy a certain object. However, their misfortune has complicated this. He now wishes to find them.

Marks questions Kit about their life and the events leading to their fleeing the Curiosity Shop. He is surprised when he finds out that Sampson Brass is handling the business. Mr. Witherden tells him that Brass is a shady character.

Marks has a private word with Kit. He gives him a coin and tells him not to talk to anybody except his employers—and his mother if she can keep a secret. He tells Kit he will be in contact.

Dick Swiveller sees Marks talking to Kit. He questions Kit about him, but Kit merely says he is a nice man. Swiveller seats himself next to Kit, saying he is going in his direction. Kit reluctantly takes him. Afterwards, Swiveller invites Kit for a beer. He tries to learn more information, but Kit is evasive. Kit takes his leave, and Swiveller wonders what is going on.

Charles Dickens