Memoirs, Letters, and Comic Miscellanies in Prose and Verse, of the Late James Smith

Memoirs, Letters, and Comic Miscellanies in Prose and Verse, of the Late James Smith

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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. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...his lordship. "Oh! I did not know," said Mr. Mudford; " I thought Peter Moore might have a son Tom--he was your last antecedent." "Well," resumed Lord Robert, "poor Tom was at that time in a very nervous, debilitated state. The servant, in passing quickly between the guests and the fire-place, struck down the plate-warmer. This made a deuce of a rattle, and caused Tom Sheridan to start and tremble. Peter Moore, provoked at this, rebuked the servant, and added, 'I suppose you have broken all the plates?' 'No, sir, ' said the servant, 'not one.' 'No!' exclaimed Sheridan; 'then, damn it, you have made all that noise for nothing.'" Lord Robert, while narrating this anecdote, like a skilful general, kept his eye upon the door, which opened with a boiled turkey as he uttered the words " nervous, debilitated state." The narrator spoke in slow time, to allow of the deposit of the partridges and sweetbreads: came to " start and tremble" on the arrival of the trifle and plover's eggs; and concluded the anecdote with "noise for nothing" as the last dish was placed upon the table. "What kindness and humanity!" ejaculated Mrs. Lum to herself, "thus to draw off the attention of the company from an empty tablecloth. But his talents shall not go unrewarded. I will give him an extra evening's reading; he shall have M'Culloch's 'Political Economy' all to himself." Every guest at the table secretly determined to make the most of this story; but, from lack of Lord Robert's tact, they none of them produced any effect from repeating it. Augustus Thackeray carried it off on the next evening into the city, to a dinner given by a Blackwell Hall factor in King's Arms Yard, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123682802X
  • 9781236828026