take care of number one--meaning yourself.'
'Certainly,' replied Mr. Bolter. 'Yer about right there.'
'Well! You can't take care of yourself, number one, without
taking care of me, number one.'
'Number two, you mean,' said Mr. Bolter, who was largely endowed
with the quality of selfishness.
'No, I don't!' retorted Fagin. 'I'm of the same importance to
'I say,' interrupted Mr. Bolter, 'yer a very nice man, and I'm