Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1885; Seventh Year

Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1885; Seventh Year : An Unconventional Handbook

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... or the accommodation of the rooms permit. Pipes and cigars succeed the dessert, and some noted songster will be called upon to entertain the company, thereby acquiring a title to nominate his successor in melody. The chief excellence of a song on these occasions consists in its chorus. Roaring this in company promotes good-fellowship immensely, as is evidenced by the walnuts and biscuits which will begin about this time to fly fitfully across the room. Mr. Slappoffski will be called upon for his celebrated song, or his violin fantasia, other songs follow, with the usual intervening applause, coffee and anchovy toast are brought in, followed after an interval by punch. The mixture of liquids is unimaginable. Hilarity will by this time have become general, except in the case of the gentleman sitting very quiet in the window-corner and Slap poffski's clarionet-player, who is moodily extracting the fragments of a melon from the throat of his instrument. The band retire, much obstructed in their exit by a gentleman who is sitting on the floor with his head through the seat of a cane-bottomed chair. Then more singing, without distinction of air, ending up with "Auld lang syne " sung by the whole company standing on chairs or other points of vantage round the room, with linked hands and stormy swayings to and fro, ending with general collapse of the ring and dispersal, with discordant whoopings about the quadrangles, alarums and excursions upon the staircases, post-horns sounding from distant windows, and strayed revellers "escorting" policemen to their lodgings. A Bump Supper combines the foregoing procedure with a preliminary supper, and probably more uproarious results. It is held in the College Hall and attended by...show more

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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236792017
  • 9781236792013