Domestic Addresses and Scraps of Experience

Domestic Addresses and Scraps of Experience

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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. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...summons to the tea-table may be very agreeable, it depends much on the dispositions of the party assembled, whether the meeting be profitable or unprofitable. The general impression is, and I am afraid it is founded in fact, that more scandal is indulged in during this sociable meal than in all the rest put together: to our shame let this be spoken. Is it not to our reproach that we cannot unstring the bow of our daily occupations, and give an hour to agreeable relaxation, without spreading the leprosy of a slanderous tongue, and injuring the reputation of our neighbour? It may be true that Mr. A. is not quite so well off in the world as people supposed him to be; that Mrs. B. really has not paid her butcher's bill for the last six months; and that Betty, without any doubt about the matter, was accused, at her last place, of having purloined a silver thimble; but will this justify us in the poor, paltry, pitiful transaction, of injuring those who have never injured us; and who may be more or less dependent on the good opinion of the neighbourhood around them? Some say tea is a slow poison; but it becomes a quick one when made the medium of ill-natured scandal and relentless slander. Would that Ephraim Holding could do something, however little, towards depriving tea of its poisonous appendages, and rendering the meal as profitable as it is agreeable! I remember, at a tea-table numerously attended, a female, whose years and education ought to have made her blush at the part she acted, relating a report which had just reached her, that a poor man, who lived in the neighbourhood, generally made the ginger-beer, which he sold, with water taken from the horsepond. She certainly amused a part of her company by this unseasonable piece of...
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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236969472
  • 9781236969477