He spun up with his thumb, directly afterwards, to try the goodness of().

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park sang joon

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The narrator recalls his childhood.
He has lived with his mother, Peggotty the only maid of his house, his stern stepfather Mr. Murdstone, and Mr. Mudstone's eccentric elder sister in his late father's house in Blunderstone.
He was going to a boarding school near London on a cart, now arrived the way point Yarmouth.
And he had lunch at a restaurant, a waiter had them cajoling his ale and some dish from him.
The waiter now deceives him into buying a sheet of letter-paper for three pence.

I was very much concerned for his misfortunes, and felt that any recognition short of ninepence would be mere brutality and hardness of heart. Therefore I gave him one of my three bright shillings, which he received with much humility and veneration, and spun up with his thumb, directly afterwards, to try the goodness of.
[David Copperfield by Charles Dickens]
I'd like to know what word is omitted after "of."
Thank you in advance for your help.
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  • JulianStuart

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    English (UK then US)
    None. The of refers back to the "which".

    A simpler example: That's the pie which 1) he gave me and 2) I ate part of. It's a rearrangement of: and of which I ate part and the of refers to the earlier which, which does not need to be repeated.
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