While the last sound of twelve o'clock was humming through the steeple of St. Dunston's church. Trotty Veck was pacing up and down the sidewalk far below the belfry. It was New Year's Eve and the day was cold. Trotty is a ticket-porter awaiting "just outside the church door for odd jobs. In his fancy he seems to hear the bells say that a job is coming presently and to keep a good heart. A voice arouses him from his reverie and he finds himself facing his daughter Meg. She carries a covered basket in her hand at which Trotty gazes curiously. The basket contains a repast, steaming hot, such as Trotty has not tasted in many a day. He and Meg repair to the steps of a house nearby to partake of the food. It is then that Meg tells him that she and Richard are to be married on New Year's Day. Richard, who had been standing aloof during this time, now approaches the couple. Trotty is about to address the old man when, without any warning the house-door opens and a footman comes forth, ...
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