London Society

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...of being trampled to death as they hastily pick up the ill-aimed bouquets (which fall back from the l';di-'i'.k-i'on---ell. There i-ali: iie nrchiii of eight years oldcha-iuiro'uo as it rolls under a carriage. Anothir instant and the horse trots on. Vin think the poor boy must he crushed this time: but see--before you can take breath he is off and away to the other end of the Corso, where he will make a franc by the transaction. Presently comes rushing on a noisy troop of 'prentices. Each has a bladder, tied by string to a stick, and--whack comes one of these on your devoted head--rather startling certainly, but--Que voulez-vous? It didn't hurt, and it is Carnival time. Here is a lady six feet high at least, with a crinoline which reaches nearly across the street. This damsel's hands are somewhat larger and redder than usual, and as one of them smartly descends on the shoulder of a boy who stands in the way, we begin to have some doubts alxnit her sex. Ah! now she is defending herself right lustily. One, two--that's right--give it to them. The honest fellow's bonnet has fallen off, and he is hitting out right and left to regain it. On wo go, pushing, shouting, scrambling, pelting. I recognize a fair compatriot at her balcony, and, after aiming five bouquets at her unsuccessfully, am obliged to retreat under a heavy fire of comfits. Again the carriages pass on--again our aristocratic friends appear, this time mixing with the vulgar herd, and enjoying themselves with true British energy. Raikesmere is particularly active. I call to mind old days, when his lordship and I shinned each other (as the phrase was) at football in the green at Eastminster, and wonder whether he recollects it too. Even Sympring seems to forget his gentlemanlike apathy in the..show more

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  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 499g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236517490
  • 9781236517494