Strange Tales, by Silly Billy. from 'Vanity Fair'

Strange Tales, by Silly Billy. from 'Vanity Fair'

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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. 1876* edition. Excerpt: ...LIGHT who during five years had governed England--THE LIGHT whose lustre was now fading away like those dying embers in the fire. Often he stretched out his fingers over the grate as if to catch a last remnant of the warmth; and meanwhile a muffled clatter of dishes and a dull hum of voices became audible in the adjoining room. Full half-an-hour we remained together, HE sitting and murmuring to himself, I standing motionless and mute. And then by degrees the noise in the next chamber grew louder and louder, till abruptly a pair of folding-doors were thrown back, a torrent of light streamed into the room, and William appeared on the threshold with a napkin over his arm, announcing "Dinner is on the table, Sir." Then I looked and saw a large banqueting-hall laid out for countless guests, who seemed to start out from the wainscoats or come out from the frames of pictures, and most of whom were clad richly in the garbs of past ages. A great shout arose among them, half curiosity, half mirth, as the whilom GREAT but now WANING LIGHT made his way to the seat at the head of the central table; and it flashed upon me in this moment that here was THE DINNER at which Premiers who are on the eve of leaving office are allowed to meet their predecessors. They were British Premiers I had before me, all come back from the night of time to hear the WANING LIGHT make his valedictory speech and to pronounce their own ghostly verdicts upon it. Ah! how well the statesmen faces stood out recognisable and familiar from old prints or historic portraits! Wolsey in his flowing scarlet, Cecil with hoary head, the stately Godolphin, witty Bolingbroke, keen Harley, Chatham with the wan and pallid face, jovial and plump Robert Walpole, Pitt with clear eyes...
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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236826302
  • 9781236826305