Mr. and Mrs. Boffin decide that they'll look for someone else to take John Harmon's place as their heir. But they're against giving anyone else the name John, since it seems to be cursed (there are already two John Harmons who've died).
The next time Sloppy visits the Boffin house, Mrs. Boffin offers to give him his dinner there every day. The boy practically cries at this generosity. Mrs. Boffin also offers to give Sloppy a place in her own home. But Sloppy says he can never abandon old Miss Higden, since she has done so much for him.