Autobiography of a Small Boy, by the Author of 'school Days at Saxonhurst'

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 164 pages
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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.1869 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXIX. THE PARTY. At last the morniiig of the day came round. The anxiety of that day could not be described. The dcgged slowness with which the hours moved, produced a choking at the throat, and a heaviness at the heart. At four o'clock P.m. dressing could not longer be put off, and we all began to adorn our persons. Washing took a long time. There was some anxiety about the "extra-superfine" jacket, which did not arrive until five; for though wo had confidence in the brave artificer, it did seem, in his own dialect, running it "extra superfine." The expresses sent to him twice, returned, with reassuring messages that we might "leave all to him." We would still have left all to him, and have been without a remedy. It came after mental agony. I was now told that now indeed was the acceptable moment to cast off the old boy of sin, and to become, as it were, a citizen--getting on to be a man. At such a momentous juncture (I was informed) the eyes of the public would naturally be directed to a person who wore a beautiful blue jacket, and jean other garments; in the case of crime or irregularity, the striking characters of such a costume would attract all eyes and fatally betray me. These parties, very rare in their generation, were delightful. Had it been the custom to issue the invitations six weeks or two months in advance, instead of one week, the time would have been too short for agreeable anticipations and previous discounting of the coming pleasures. Dinner--who cared for that? It was got out of the way, which was all that was desired. And now John comes with word that the carnage is at the door. Oh, agitating journey! Oh, delicious passage! On the box-seat I could give my burning soul to the wind, and commune with the sea-shore along which we jo...

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