Life Behind the Counter

Life Behind the Counter

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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. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...was caused by the recital of Tom's adventures. Many pipes were smoked; many pints of half-and-half drunk; and after that they went to bed. CHAPTER X. THE NEW SITUATION. "The English kill themselves to live."--French Saying. "The Cretans measure life by happiness, and inscribe on their tombs, --'Here lies one who existed fifty years, and lived five.'"--Anacharm. The next day Edward called upon Dennis, who congratulated him upon his release from the twaddling humbuggery of his past situation. But Edward told him that he was becoming tired of London, and thought he should return to Lincoln. "Nonsense! you will do nothing of the sort. You shall come to our house, and when there you will not care to leave. It is true, we keep long hours, are not well lodged, are boarded scantily, are treated scurvily; but then we can make a swingeing lot of tinges, and you will learn to be a tradesman." "Your enumeration of the advantages and disadvantages of your establishment are not very alluring," replied Edward; "nevertheless I do not mind giving them a trial" "That's jolly! When will you come 1 To-morrow t" "Yes! I think so." "Do I In the meanwhile I will speak to Mr. Harris, who engages, and you will merely have to arrange the terms." "Thank you! good night." The following morning, Edward entered the shop of Messrs. Williams, Mackenzie, and Harris. It was a large showy place of business, consisting of a long range of shops, terminating with a large square apartment for the display of French goods. The porters were sweeping the front pavement and hoisting up the sun-blinds; the young men were decorating the windows, chandeliers, and columns with attractive articles....show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236805321
  • 9781236805324