London Souvenirs

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Chatto & Windus, 1899 - London (England) - 354 pages

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Page 280 - I, AB, do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Her heirs and successors according to law. So help me God!
Page 4 - They have put in the papers a good story made on White's: a man dropped down dead at the door, was carried in; the club immediately made bets whether he was dead or not, and when they were going to bleed him, the wagerers for his death interposed, and said it would affect the fairness of the bet.
Page 270 - Juries have declared that they felt it impossible to remove their looks from him when he had riveted and, as it were, fascinated them by his first glance...
Page 19 - ... em. Did I tell you Lady Mary Wortley is here ? She laughs at my Lady Walpole, scolds my Lady Pomfret, and is laughed at by the whole town. Her dress, her avarice, and her impudence must amaze any one that never heard her name. She wears a foul mob, that does not cover her greasy black locks, that hang loose, never combed or curled ; an old mazarine blue wrapper, that gapes open and discovers a canvas petticoat. Her face swelled violently on one side...
Page 293 - WHENCE deathless KIT-CAT took its name, Few critics can unriddle : Some say from PASTRYCOOK it came, And some, from CAT and FIDDLE. From no trim beaux its name it boasts, Gray statesmen, or green wits ; But from this pellmell pack of toasts Of old CATS and young KITS.
Page 341 - Then came two others, one with the rod again, the other with a salt-cellar, a plate, and bread. When they had kneeled, as the others had done, and placed what was brought upon the table, they too retired with the same ceremonies performed by the first. At last came an unmarried lady (we were told she was a countess), and along with her a married one, bearing a tasting knife.
Page 11 - Galway, who go this evening to an inn ten miles out of town, where they are to play at brag till five in the morning, and then come back — I suppose, to look for the bones of their husbands and families under the rubbish.
Page 33 - By spending threepence in a coffee-house, he might be for some hours every day in very good company ; he might dine for sixpence, breakfast on bread and milk for a penny, and do without supper. On clean-shirtday he went abroad, and paid visits.
Page 341 - ... had prostrated herself three times, in the most graceful manner approached the table, and rubbed the plates with bread and salt, with as much awe, as if the Queen had been present...
Page 89 - The particular talents by which these misanthropes are distinguished from one another, consist in the various kinds of barbarities which they execute upon their prisoners. Some are celebrated for a happy dexterity in tipping the lion upon them; which is performed by squeezing the nose flat to the face, and boring out the eyes with their fingers...

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