The Working-man's Way in the World: Being the Autobiography of a Journeyman Printer (Google eBook)

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Redfield, 1854 - Printers - 359 pages
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An easily digested account of Charles Manby Smith's life. I read it for his description of life as a journeyman printer (p.18ff) and found his anecdotes to be detailed and interesting. His descriptions of his coworkers, like the perpetually drunk Fish, are amusing, as is his account of falling in love.  

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Page 129 - The gamester, if he die a martyr to his profession, is doubly ruined. He adds his soul to every other loss, and, by the act of suicide, renounces earth to forfeit heaven.
Page 300 - twould a saint provoke" (Were the last words that poor Narcissa spoke), " No, let a charming chintz, and Brussels lace Wrap my cold limbs, and shade my lifeless face : One would not, sure, be frightful when one's dead— And, Betty, give this cheek a little red.
Page 23 - I returned to my frame in the ofBce, according to my stipulation. Martin was ill, often absent from weakness, and not able to do much work when present. He had caught a chill through incautiously bathing while hot. and the doctor had warned him that the consequences might be serious, if not fatal, unless he used great caution. As he used none, the admonition became a veracious prophecy ; the cold settled upon his lungs, and he soon fell into a rapid decline.
Page 294 - ... advantage upon any occasion, but especially important where poetry is concerned ! A single erratum may knock out the brains of a whole passage, and that, perhaps which of all others the unfortunate poet is the most proud of. Add to this that, now and then, there is to be found in a printing-house a presumptuous intermeddler, who will fancy himself a poet too, and, what is still worse, a better than lie that employs him.
Page 294 - Add to this, that now and then there is to be found in a printing-house a presumptuous intermeddler, who will fancy himself a poet too, and what is still worse, a better than he that employs him. The consequence is, that...
Page 273 - TO A BRIDE. — I beg to remind my new daughter that the husband has a thousand elements of disturbance in his daily avocations to which his wife is an utter stranger ; and it will be her privilege, and her title to the respect of all whose respect is worth having, to make his own tire-side the most attractive place in the universe for the calm repose of a weary body or excited mind.
Page 286 - tippled their twankay," and consumed the short interval of repose, the men resume work. The first few sheets of the forthcoming volume are by this time made up into pages, and the noise of mallets used in locking up the forms resounds from different quarters. The clicker runs to the stair-head and...
Page 308 - I got on tolerably well \vith my new duty, and received the best proof of success by the absence, for several months, of remark from any quarter. Freedom from blame being the only praise which a reader ever gets, I naturally looked upon that state of things as encouraging, and began to feel secure upon my stool. But, one fine summer's morning, about eleven o'clock, the counting-house bell rang, and I was ordered to make a prompt appearance before the head of the firm, whom as yet I had never seen....
Page 80 - I've popped it more than twenty times, and had more than forty poun' on it altogether. It's a garjian haingel to a fellar, is a good votch, ven you're hard up.
Page 64 - ... still in my mind a lingering doubt upon the subject, which doubt I resolved should be cleared up satisfactorily out of hand. In pursuance of this resolution, I ensconced myself in a snug position about fifty yards from his door, and watched it with the gaze of a lynx for a full hour and a half. At the end of that time I saw a young cockney whom I had frequently encountered in my walks in the Tuileries advance to the door, knock, and enter. In less than a quarter of an hour he re-appeared, and...

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