Hagarene Volume 2

Hagarene Volume 2

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...was seldom declined. The contents of the tirelire passed, like any other legitimate tax, into the hands of the governing powers, who reckoned on this subsidy as a set-off against the costs of the entertainment. As the tax only affected the fortunate, no individual felt it as a grievous burden. But even the slight toll on such sums as were constantly changing hands, made up a safe, and, in many cases, a considerable profit. This useful institution had not been forgotten, when the establishment was "mounted" at the Elms; and from this source flowed that regular revenue spoken of before. On a pedestal of rosso antico, near the centre table in the lansquenet room, stood a tall, slender silver vase, curiously carven, ample below, but narrowing towards the neck, somewhat in the shape of a Greek amphora. Here, too, there was no expressed regulation; and no one could remember the slightest hint dropped by la Baronne, or Mariette Clyde. Yet, somehow, each fresh arrival, before he had been halfan-hour under that roof, understood what was expected from him and his fellows. A "pass" of three, at the least, made tribute to the dainty mgnotte obligatory; and the habitues of the Elms would no more have dreamed of evading it, than of defrauding the Customs, or making false returns to their tax-gatherer. Now, the sight of that same vase, even during his first visit, exercised Hugh Standish sorely. He was quick-witted enough in some things, and took in the whole position at a glance. In the first place, it was evident that Tempest had rather strained the facts, in affirming that several who frequented Mde. Vintimille's "evenings" never played. One and another would doubtless sit out, or stand watching the game...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236978145
  • 9781236978141