As they all sit around eating the mutton

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As they all sit around eating the mutton, Littimer arrives and asks David if he has seen Steerforth.  When David says that he hasn't, Littimer says that Steerforth will probably be coming up from Oxford  tomorrow. He insists that David be seated, and he then takes over the task of preparing the  remainder of the mutton. During Littimer's presence, everyone is uncomfortable, and it is only when  the servant leaves that they seem "to breathe more freely." Before Littimer goes, David asks him if he  remained long at Yarmouth. Littimer says that he stayed to see the boat completed but he does not  know if Steerforth has seen it yet. The conversation turns to Mr. Micawber's employment. It is agreed that the corn business, in which  Micawber is employed, is not very profitable and that Mr. Micawber should advertise his talents in the  papers — "throw down the gauntlet" to society, as it were — to see what will turn up. The cost of this 
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