Manchester House

Manchester House

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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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...to the guests. A bountiful meal was boisterously honoured by the assembled company. Jokes, laughter, merriment reigned supreme. Uncle Ben had not undertaken to provide more than the substantial part of the feast, but the young men did not fail to supply the other part for themselves. From certain pockets sundry bottles of wine and spirits had been brought forth and placed upon the table, and soon the dexterous hand of Sherwood essayed to draw the corks. "Come, young gentleman," said he to Herbert, after awhile, "pass your glass and let me fill it with this prime old port." "I'm much obliged, but I think you know that I don't drink wine." "No more do I, as a rule, because I'm not fortunate enough to get it; but special occasions are always excepted. It's a special occasion, you know." "The company will kindly excuse me," said Herbert, firmly. "Excuse you when we're going to drink the health of the host and hostess! How can we? Come, fill up his glass!" said Smallgrace. "Eh, fill up his glass," said two or three together. Herbert felt sorry that his total abstinence principle should thus bring him into collision with the other guests. But so it ever must be with those who are not willing to swim with the stream of custom just because it is custom. He had sincerely tried to make himself agreeable and An Old Custom. 95 friendly towards them all, but his conviction was very firm that drinking port with the rest would in no way promote the health of their hosts. He therefore said--"I am sure neither Mr. nor Mrs. Young will believe me wanting in respect to them because I decline this particular way of expressing it." "Hear, hear!" said Pindar, who seemed...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236893050
  • 9781236893055