The Book of Snobs: And Sketches and Travels in London (Google eBook)

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Smith, Elder, & Company, 1879 - English fiction - 396 pages
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Page 14 - it is impossible, in our condition of society, not to be sometimes a Snob. On one side it encourages the commoner to be snobbishly mean, and the noble to be snobbishly arrogant. When a noble marchioness writes in her travels about the hard necessity under which steam-boat travellers labour of being brought into contact
Page 149 - about them ; and he dines with Aldermen every day." " ' A plain leg of mutton, my Lucy, I prythee get ready at three ; Have it tender, and smoking, and juicy, And what better meat can there be ?'" says Gray, quoting my favourite poet. " But the cook is ill; and you know that horrible Pattypan
Page 66 - flog so resolutely as his own son? Didn't Brutus chop his offspring's head off? You have a very bad opinion indeed of the present state of literature and of literary men, if you fancy that any one of us would hesitate to stick a knife into his neighbour penman, if the
Page 166 - you are fit to make home pleasant to him who has been absent all day. Such men surely ought to have their Clubs, and we will not class them among Club Snobs therefore:—on whom let us reserve our attack for the next chapter. CHAPTER XXXVIII. CLUB SNOBS. II. UCH a sensation has been created in
Page 76 - whom you meet everywhere—who never miss a night of this delicious enjoyment ; the three last-caught lions of the season—Higgs, the traveller, Biggs, the novelist, and Toffey, who has come out so on the sugar question ; Captain Flash, who is invited on account of his pretty wife; and Lord Ogleby, who goes wherever she goes.
Page 32 - people." It was abroad that they learned to be genteel . They pushed into all foreign courts, and elbowed their way into the halls of Ambassadors. They pounced upon the stray nobility, and seized young lords travelling with their bear-leaders. They gave parties at Naples, Rome, and Paris. They got a Royal Prince to attend their
Page 44 - friends in yellow satin, know the young fellow, and he is called Little Bobby by some of the very worst reprobates in Europe. His mother, Lady Fanny Famish, believes devotedly that Robert is in London solely for the benefit of consulting the physician; is going to have him exchanged into a dragoon regiment, which doesn't
Page 255 - The inferior clergy, likewise, dine very much and well. I don't know when I have been better entertained, as far as creature comforts go, than by men of very Low Church principles ; and one of the very best repasts that ever' I saw in my life was at Darlington, given by a Quaker.
Page 48 - writers of repute, you would fancy that a parson's life was passed in gorging himself with plum-pudding and port-wine ; and that his Reverence's fat chaps were always greasy with the crackling of tithe pigs. Caricaturists delight to represent him so: round, short-necked, pimple-faced, apoplectic, bursting out of waistcoat, like a black-pudding, a shovel-hatted
Page 67 - forget how many baronesses and duchesses fall in love with him. But on this subject let us hold our tongues. Modesty forbids that we should reveal the names of the heartbroken countesses and dear marchionesses who are pining for every one of the contributors in Punch. If anybody wants to know how intimately authors are

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