The Nabob at Home; Or, the Return to England, by the Author of 'Life in India'

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 312 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1842. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... always maintained a friendly correspondence. The doctor's spirits which had been depressed by his parting with his friends, Colonel and Mrs. Cheapstow at Lucknow, were greatly cheered by this meeting with his old friend Curzon. His gray eyes twinkled as he shook hands with him, and each for a moment regarded the changes which time had made on the other. "I have not enjoyed so much satisfaction since I left Lucknow," said the doctor with an affectionate smile; "the sight of a friend's countenance, Curzon, is the best remedy for the evils of life. Ye have done more for me in five minutes, than all my reasoning and all my philosophy on board the boat, was able to effect in a whole fortnight." "Our satisfaction is equal M'Alpin; the time is come when neither you nor I can set about making new friends, and of consequence, we doubly value those who are left to us. Few, very few of those who came out with us, are in existence now; and the young men of the present day are of a different stamp," answered Mr. Curzon. A composed and gentle expression sat on his open brow, he spoke in a low articulate tone, which perfectly suited the general character of his appearance, and his tall thin figure, with long legs and hanging arms, was one often seen amongst those whose nervous system has been shaken by a long residence in an undermining climate. The two friends spent the first evening of their meeting in mutual questions relative to their own affairs, and those who had been, or still were, the friends of both parties. As there was no company they dined above, in the drawing-room, where the air circulated more freely than on the ground-floor. When dinner was over, they had their chairs and hookahs placed in the verandah which overlooked the square, and enjoyed the little cool a...

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