Lucius Davoren; Or, Publicans and Sinners Volume 1

Lucius Davoren; Or, Publicans and Sinners Volume 1

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...against a craggy heap of black coal, like a vessel aground upon a coral reef. The tray of tea-things--the neat white cloth indicative of chop or steak--adorned not his small round table. Mrs. Babb, absorbed in the feminine delights of a weekly cleaning, had suffered herself to become unconscious of the lapse of time. He gave the loose, ill-hung bell-wire an angry jerk, flung himself into his accustomed arm-chair, and stretched out his hand haphazard in search of a book. Plato, Montaigne, Sterne, any philosopher who should teach him how to bear the petty stings of the scorpion--daily life. But before his hand touched the volumes, its motion was arrested. He beheld something more interesting than Plato, since in all probability it concerned himself, namely, a letter, at a corner of the mantelpiece, just on a level with his eye. Egotism triumphed over philosophy. The letter, were it even a bill, .was more vital to him for the moment than all the wisdom of Socrates. He snatched the envelope, which was directed in a rugged uncompromising caligraphy, unfamiliar to him. He tore it open eagerly, and looked at the signature, "Homer Sivewright." "Dear Sir, --When you obliged me with your assistance the other day, I believe I made some profane remark about your profession, which you took in good part. One forgives such gibes from a testy old man. You told me that when I found myself ill, my thoughts would naturally tend towards Savile-row. There you were wrong. I do find something out of gear in my constituti0n--possibly liver--or perhaps general breakup. But instead of thinking of the high-flyers of the West-end, with their big fees and pompous pretensions, I think of you. "I told you the other night that I liked youp face....show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236850939
  • 9781236850935