Mostly Fools; A Romance of Civilization

Mostly Fools; A Romance of Civilization

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...who once remarked "that you could always depend upon a filly, if she came out of the Thomond stables," merely expressed in his own beautiful language what was assuredly the general feeling. In spite of her manifest good works, rumours had more than once reached her ladyship's ears of indirect ecclesiastical censure on her worldliness and extravagance, and she was wroth at the suspicion of it. " Fiddlesticks! " she was wont to say, " now I should just like to take those worthy old gentlemen by the ears, yes, and that young Father Snippet with them, who only left college last Christmas, and who has his Heaven, and Hell, and Purgatory out and dried quite to his taste, and the whole scheme of creation, and tells us all about them on the slightest excuse--of course he's infallible on these points, but what does he know about house accounts?" ."What the dickens " (a Marchioness was allowed this term at this period) "do they know about giving dinners? They hardly know how to eat them. What do they know about table-linen, and dusters, and servants' aprons, and coals, and stable necessaries, and one's own wardrobe, and one's man's wardrobe? What do they know of the toils of the lady of the house--a house like this, and of paying its bills? Pooh! All their bills are paid for them. Housekeeper first, Catholic afterwards," she would laugh., "Necessity first, and luxury later, for religion is a luxury, my dear, if you live in the world at all, say what you will. I've a big Protestant man to look after, and I mean to do it well." It will be seen from the foregoing that the lady was "thorough" if she was anything, and indeed her...show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 408g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236985303
  • 9781236985309