Penny was horrified, for she was not at all a nosey-parkerish sort of girl. "It's quite all right, Mrs. Browning," she said, "if you don't want to tell me - I didn't mean to pry-"
"But I do want to tell you," Mrs. Browning interrupted, quite fiercely really, "because it was all a mistake, that I know, our Sid's no thief, I'll take my dying oath on that-"
Penny would have taken her dying oath on that too. "But Mrs. Browning," she said, bewildered, "what happened?"
From FOURPENNY FAIR, Chapter 9, Cavalier's Tree.