Melbourne Punch Volume 1

Melbourne Punch Volume 1

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...bidding went on. Every moment strengthened the rivalry of the tipsy voices: every moment deepened the excitement of the contest. It lay between these two inebriated competitors exclusively. The company divided itself into two camps. Each of the tipsy voices found himself at the head of a band of applauding supp jrters. Each was a hero to himself. "Forty!" "Fifty!" "Sixty!" The excitement was unparalleled. The face of the auctioneer was beaming with satisfaction; the bystanders enjoyed the contest, as though it were a dog-fight; the aborigines were all perplexity and amazement: the rival bidders glared at each other like deadly enemies; and Joe opened a fresh bottle of brandy. The pause which had ensued upon the last bid was only momentary. It enabled all parties to inspire a long breath. Second tipsy voice took up the running. "Sixty-five!" First tipsy voice dashed furiously ahead: "Seventy!" Second tipsy voice winded, and manifesting signs of distress: "Seventy-five I" It was the last struggle at the winning-post and the first bidder, applying whip and spurs to the sides of his intent, pushed gallantly forward to the goal: "Eighty pounds!" The bystanders cheered: the auctioneer held his hammer (a corkscrew) suspended in the air. "Any advance upon eighty pounds for this half-acre allotment? For the first--second--third and last time, any advance?" There was no advance I Second tipsy voice was distanced. The hammer fell; and the lot was knocked down to his rival: who pulled eight sovereigns from a greasy leather pouch, and paid them over to the auctioneer. The balance could be liquidated in a month. But in the interval the purchaser was sobered. Repentance supervened...show more

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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236652207
  • 9781236652201