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    no leg but a beadle's

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    “He gave the little wicket a tremendous shake, and then bestowed upon it a kick which could have emanated from no leg but a beadle's”.



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    Re: no leg but a beadle's

    Only a beadle could kick this way.

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    Re: no leg but a beadle's

    A beadle was a parish official in charge of petty criminals, amongst other duties. Dickens leads us to believe that Mr Bumble, the beadle in this novel, is a typical specimen of his profession - a pompous bully, full of self-importance.

    He shook the wicket gate violently and then gave it a savage kick that only such an unpleasant man could deliver.

    Rover

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