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Summary Chapter 60

The constable takes Kit into custody. He asks for the Brasses and Swiveller to accompany him to the magistrate. Kit denies he is a thief. Brass claims he had trusted Kit implicitly until he found the five pounds on him. Kit says there are plenty of people who would vouch for his honesty. He hadn’t been dishonest when he had been cold and hungry, and he has no reason to be dishonest now.

Mr. Marks comes down, demanding what is going on. Brass tells him. Kit asks to be taken to the Notary’s office. Brass initially refuses. The constable says they have the time to go there first if they leave now and don’t procrastinate.

Kit is sadly reflecting his terrible change of circumstances when he sees Daniel Quilp leering and laughing at him. The carriage stops, and Brass informs Quilp that Kit stole money from him. Quilp taunts Kit before the carriage finally leaves.

They arrive at the Notary’s office. Brass tells Mr. Witherden and the Garlands that Kit is guilty of theft. They don’t believe the accusations. When asked if Kit had been flushed with money recently, Mr. Garland admits that he has been. Kit says it was the money that Brass gave him, but Brass claims that he never gave him any money. Kit, irate, tells the Notary and Garlands that Sampson Brass is out to ruin him—though he doesn’t know why.

The constable saves Kit from being attacked by Sally Brass. Everyone except Mr. Chuckster leaves for the magistrate. Mr. Chuckster, who feels his distrust of Kit has been validated, is angry at being left behind—feeling he could give helpful testimony. Mr. Marks has already arrived at the magistrate. Kit is committed for trial and is expected to be sentenced to prison.

Charles Dickens