All the Year Round Volume 1; V. 12

All the Year Round Volume 1; V. 12

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...things at home. He, too, in his own department, has staked his dwindled one-and-eightpence, and in a fever of agitation has clutched his prize. He has shown the precious coin to his wife, who should share in all his trinmphs. Their rest that night is very sweet, for they have been chuckling over the notion of paying all their expenses with their winnings. In a few days, however, all is changed; the fatal "run" has come, all the mendicant silver--won with such pains and fluttering of the heart (enough to bring on confirmed palpitation)--has drifted away, with much more. There are anxious looks--sour looks--hostile looks--and even unpleasant altercation. One had warned the other, had clearly prophesied--do him that justice at least--that all this would come to pass. To which it is replied, what was the use of that sort of thing now; it was enough to have lost without being worried. There is no such test of the true quality of temper as a trifling reverse at this place, and we can fancy a scarlet Mephistopheles standing by with his head decorated with a cock's feather, chuckling. To stand by and see the wreck of "a system" is one of the most dismal spectacles in the world. The most marvellous thing is that the ship goes to pieces in a few minutes. There is a stout English gentleman, for instance, in a rich brown wig, and a flowing white waistcoat, who has discovered "a system," and has come to play it. We may suspect that he has been a good deal " knocked about," and has rubbed up against all manner of characters: for he talks in French and German with a fluency that more respectable people do not attain. He has his fixed place on the croupier's right; has a little volume on gaming, beautifully scored in more

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  • Paperback | 604 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 31mm | 1,061g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236626753
  • 9781236626752