The Disgrace to the Family; A Story of Social Distinctions

The Disgrace to the Family; A Story of Social Distinctions

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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. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...a retrograde movement. I'll give you an instance that will prove, beyond the possibility of doubt, how raw and unfinished--how savage our laws are. You must know that opposite this house there was a pump." " Dear, dear me!" interrupted Mrs. Jackson, "that tiresome pump story again. Haven't you any thing else to say? I only wish your shirt.buttons would last as long as your stories." " I believe I did not address myself to you, Mrs. Jackson," retorted the dignified politician. " Oh! I see, Mr. Jackson, we are not wanted. Let us retire, girls." And the ladies rose to leave the room. Mr. Jackson vowed that he did not intend to convey any such meaning as that which his wife had thought proper to put upon his words; but the lady would hear of no other construction, and so the women of the house retired to the drawingroom, much to the disappointment of our hero, and against the inclination of Marian. Henry dreaded the ordeal through which he must pass before his host would permit him to join the ladies; and, thinking of Marian only, he looked attentively at Mr. Jackson, and feigned to take interest in that gentleman's discourse. "Well, sir," Mr. Jackson resumed, "as I was observing, when Mrs. Jackson interrupted me, there was a pump opposite this house; andpfrom this pump I and my next door neighbour took our water--that laid on in the house being unfit to drink. My next door neighbour patronises the watercure system, and, consequently, good water is as necessary to him as his daily food; and I am very particular with the water I drink. Well, for two entire years I and my nextdoor neighbour had drawn our water from the pump in question, when one morning, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236887077
  • 9781236887078