Bentley's Miscellany Volume 19

Bentley's Miscellany Volume 19

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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. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...shawl and cigar. And we met a third in the boxes at one of the theatres, whither he had come in the full-dress of a light-blue stock, and cleaned white gloves re-dirtied. We knew they had been cleaned: they exhaled a faint camphine odour, as he put his hand on the brass rail and leant over us; and there was none of that sharpness of outline in their dirt which new gloves evince. It was denser, cloudier, more universal; and the knuckles and nails were remarkably so. This Gent also had a little stick. He lighted a cigar at the lobby-lamp on leaving the house, and pulled a staring shawl out of his hat, as he.whistled an air from one of the burlesques. He went over to the Albion, the room of which was quite full, and, after standing in the centre for a few seconds, tapping his teeth with his stick, whilst his left hand was thrust into the hinder pocket of his coat, dragged round to his hip; apparently disgusted at not creating any sensation, he turned round on his heel, and, crossing Covent Garden, ultimately dived into Evans's. Then we thought that the " Gents " must be a race by themselves, which social naturalists had overlooked, deserving some attention; and we determined to study their habits, and allot to them a certain position, which at that time they did not appear to have. So, as the homely observations of the Rev. Gilbert White and Mr. Jesse have added much to the truths of Linnaeus, Cuvier, Bufton. and other great naturalists, do we hope that we also may contribute a few physiological facts to what has been already put forth aboutthe human race by the most celebrated writers upon that portion of the animal kingdom. 2. Of the chief outward characteristics of the Gent. One has only to look into the advertisements...show more

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  • Paperback | 348 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 621g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236766199
  • 9781236766199