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User Review  - Neal Romanek - Goodreads

A slow start that accelerates into much Georgian Era intrigue, melodrama, violence & derring do. Fascinating to see the London Secofic locations described as they were in the early 1700s (from the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Julian Kirkman-Page - Goodreads

all Ainsworth's books are very funny and clever, especially for the time when they were written. If you see through the romance they are a delight, I think I have the entire set of works. Read full review


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Page 238 - Close to those walls where Folly holds her throne, And laughs to think Monroe would take her down, Where o'er the gates, by his famed father's hand Great Gibber's brazen, brainless brothers stand ; One cell there is, conceal'd from vulgar eye, The cave of Poverty and Poetry. Keen hollow winds howl thro' the bleak recess, Emblem of music caus'd by emptiness.
Page 312 - In him strength, resolution, and unparalleled judgment, conspired to form a matchless master. There was a majesty shone in his countenance, and blazed in all his actions, beyond all I ever saw. His right leg bold and firm, and his left, which could hardly ever be disturbed, gave him the surprising advantage already proved, and struck his adversary with despair and panic.
Page 230 - Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death : but he shall be surely put to death.
Page 22 - The traps !" responded a bystander. "The shoulder-clappers !" added a lady, who, in her anxiety to join the party, had unintentionally substituted her husband's nether habiliments for her own petticoats. " The bandogs !" thundered a tall man, whose stature and former avocations had procured him the nickname of " The long drover of the Borough market.
Page 237 - The size and grandeur of the edifice, indeed, drew down the ridicule of several of the wits of the age : by one of whom the facetious Tom Brown it was said, " Bedlam is a pleasant place, and abounds with amusements ; the first of which is the building so stately a fabric for persons wholly insensible of the beauty and use of it : the outside being a perfect mockery of the inside, and admitting of two amusing queries, Whether the persons that ordered the building of it, or those that...
Page 277 - Give me the link," cried Jonathan. Holding down the light, he perceived that the wounded man had risen to the surface, and was trying to clamber up the slippery sides of the well. "Shoot him! shoot him! Put him out of hish mishery," cried the Jew "What's the use of wasting a shot?" rejoined Jonathan, savagely. "He can't get out.
Page 30 - He shall go through the whole course," replied Blueskin, with a ferocious grin, " unless he comes down to the last grig. We'll lather him with mud, shave him with a rusty razor, and drench him with aqua pompaginis. Master, your humble servant. Gentlemen, your most obsequious trout.
Page 11 - Don't be angry with me, sir," cried the widow, sobbing bitterly, " pray, don't. I know I am undeserving of your bounty ; but if I were to tell you what hardships I have undergone to what frightful extremities I have been reduced and to what infamy I have submitted, to earn a scanty subsistence for this child's sake, if you could feel what it is to stand alone in the world as I do, bereft of all who have ever...
Page 8 - Marriage and hanging go by destiny," observed Wood, after a pause ; " But I trust your child is reserved for a better fate than either' Mrs. Sheppard." The latter part of this speech was delivered with so much significance of manner, that a by-stander might have inferred that Mr. Wood was not particularly fortunate in his own matrimonial connections. " Goodness only knows what he's reserved for...
Page 307 - And the first day after he shall have three morsels of barley bread, without any drink ; and the second day he shall...

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