Miss Bayle's Romance Volume 2

Miss Bayle's Romance Volume 2

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...to be snubbed. Just as the vulgar Briton becomes an intolerable nuisance the moment he lands on the Continent, so did Mr. Johnson distinguish himself upon going on board an Atlantic steamer if any Englishmen were amongst the passengers. He then developed into a noisy, pretentious and self-asserting personage. His delight was to declaim against the effete monarchies of the Old World. He was copious with facts in support of his assertions and, being grossly ignorant of history, most of his facts were blunders. If corrected by any English listener, his habit was to inquire of him, "Say, Sir, have you read the Constitution of the United States?" Should the reply be in the negative, he would retort, "Then I cannot argue with you till you do." One afternoon in the smoking-room of the White Star steamer Britannie, he was talking in his wonted strain and had, as he thought, floored an Englishman by his usual tactics, when the latter asked him: --"Pray have you read Magna ClzartaP" "What's that, Sir?" he said. The other replied, "It is the foundation of the British Constitution and my advice to you is to read it if you can, for it is written in Latin, before you attempt to argue about Great Britain." The laugh was turned against him. Some of his countrymen, who were present, exclaimed, "Guess he had you there, Abel!" "Yes, Sir," was his remark, "I've given myself away for once. However, don't bear malice, Sir, and let's take a drink. Name your poison." On another voyage a similar scene occurred in the smoking-room of the Guion steamer Alaska. On this occasion Mr. Johnson was nonplussed when, in reply to the question whether he had...
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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236804791
  • 9781236804792