Time; A Monthin Miscellany of Interesting and Amusing Literature Vol V

Time; A Monthin Miscellany of Interesting and Amusing Literature Vol V

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...the bewildering effect of the changes rung upon dots which in such a position mean such a thing, and in such another position something else entirely different; the wonderful vagaries played by circles; the unaccountable consequences resulting from marks like flies' legs; and the tremendous effect of a curve in the wrong place. Even when he had acquired familiarity with the alphabet of this abbreviated language--an alphabet which appeared to him, as he declares, a very Egyptian temple in itself--a procession of new horrors called arbitrary characters confronted him in appalling perspective; characters the most despotic he had ever encountered--insisting, for instance, that a thing like the beginning of a cobweb meant 'expectation, ' and that a pen-and-ink skyrocket stood for 'disadvantageous.' When he had fixed these wretches in his mind, he found, as so many others have done under the like circumstances, that they had driven everything else out of it. Beginning again, he forgot these latest acquisitions. While he was picking them up once more, he dropped the other fragmentary portions of the system--the upshot of his whole endeavour being that it all appeared to him simply heartbreaking. Notwithstanding these preliminary stumbles upon the very threshold, he, nevertheless, after three or four months' resolute application, believed himself capable of making an experiment at last upon one of the crack speakers in Doctors' Commons. 'Shall I ever forget, ' he has exclaimed, in whimsical celebration of that crucial test of his capabilities, --' shall I ever forget how the crack speaker walked off from me before I began, and left my imbecile pencil staggering about the paper as if it were in a fit?' Eventually, when he had contrived by practice to keepshow more

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  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 567g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123649198X
  • 9781236491985