The Adventures of Philip; On His Way Through the World

The Adventures of Philip; On His Way Through the World : Showing Who Robbed Him, Who Helped Him, and Who Passed Him By; To Which Is Now Prefixed, a Shabby Genteel Story

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...woman took that smile out of some cunning box on her scanty toilet-table--that smile which she wore all the evening along with the rest of her toilette, and took out of her mouth when she went to bed and to think---to think how both ends were to be made to meet. Philip said he respected and admired that woman: and worthy of respect she was in her way. She painted her face and grinned at poverty. She laughed and rattled with care gnawing at her side. She had to coax the milkman out of his human kindness: to pour oil--his own oil--upon the stormy epicier's soul: to melt the butterman: to tap the wine-merchant: to mollify the butcher: to invent new pretexts for the landlord: to reconcile the lady boarders, Mrs. General Baynes, let us say, and the Honourable Mrs. Boldero, who were always quarrelling: to see that the dinner, when procured, was cooked properly; that Francois, to whom she owed ever so many months' wages, was not too rebellious or intoxicated; that Auguste, also her creditor, had his glass clean and his lamps in order. And this work done and the hour of six o'clock arriving, she had to carve and be agreeable to her table; not to hear the growls of the discontented (and at what table-d'hote are there not grumblers?); to have a word for everybody present; a smile and a laugh for Mrs. Bunch (with whom there had been very likely a dreadful row in the morning); a remark for the Colonel; a polite phrase for the General's lady; and even a good word and compliment for sulky Auguste, who just before dinnertime had unfolded the napkin of mutiny about his wages. Vas not this enough work for a woman to do? To conduct a great house without sufficient money, and make soup, fish, roasts, and more

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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236853431
  • 9781236853431