Handley Cross, Or, Mr. Jorrocks' Hunt; With Illustrations by John Leech Volume 2

Handley Cross, Or, Mr. Jorrocks' Hunt; With Illustrations by John Leech 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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...their farms--maybe their families--lcavin' bulls to bail themselves, cattle to get out of the pound, and wagrants into the stocks, as they can; l1up, I say, they come to town, to get stuck in garrets at inns with the use of filthy, cigar-smokin', spitty, sandy-floored, sawdusty coffee-rooms, a 'underd and seventy-five steps below, at a price that's perfectly appallin'. Vot misery is theirs! Down they come of a mornin', arter a restless, tumblin', heated, noisy night, to the day den of the establishment, with little happetite for breakfast, but feelin' the necessity of havin' some in order to kill time. A greasy-collared, jerkin', lank-'aired waiter casts a second-'and, badly washed web over a slip of table, in a stewy, red--curtained box, into which the sun beats with unmitigated wengeance. A Britannia-metal teapot, a cup, a plate, a knife, and a japanned tea-caddie make their appearance. Then comes a sugar-basin, followed by a swarm of flies, that 'unt it as the 'ounds would a fox, and a small jug of " sky-blue," which the flies use as a bath durin' their repast on the sugar. A half-buttered muflin mounts a waterless slop-basin; a dirty egg accompanies some toasted wedges of bread; the waiter points to a lump of carrion wot he calls beef, on a dusty sideboard, and promises the " Post" as soon as it is out of 'and. Sixteen gents sit at sixteen slips of table, lookin' at each other with curiosity or suspicion, but never a word is exchanged by any on them. Prisently they begin to wacate their slips of wood. One paces hup and down the coffee-room, with his thumbs in the harm-'oles of his veskit; another takes a...show more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123692455X
  • 9781236924551