Routledge's Christmas Annual for ... (Google eBook)

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Edmund Routledge
G. Routledge and Sons, 1867 - English fiction
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Page 49 - That hangs his head, and a' that ? The coward-slave, we pass him by, We dare be poor for a' that ! For a' that, and a' that, Our toils obscure, and a' that ; The rank is but the guinea stamp ; The man's the gowd for a
Page 87 - ... thousand puns of Byron's, And I baked them in an oven for the use of Dr. Irons ; And I melted in a crucible the works of Bulwer Lytton, And they made a batter pudding for the Prince of Wales to sit on. The light the sun gives ev'ry day's as light as any feather, And the Tower guns are heavier than the heaviest of weather. The broadest joke is not so broad as any railway gauge, One blade of grass is twice as green as any green old age. A pint of beer I find's as long as half a pound of tea, And...
Page 36 - Oh! so well; but that was long ago, when he was poor. He left me on his grandfather's death, promising to come back and marry me; but he never came, and I have been so ill.' Little Woman's tears came now. 'You should not have come here to seek your paramour ' The tears stopped, frightened away by the indignant flash of Little Woman's eyes. Lady Julia saw that she had made a mistake,. 'I beg your pardon,' she said; 'I spoke in hot blood.
Page 37 - ... last she bent her head upon the arm of the sofa on which she was sitting, and let them have their way. Little Woman crept timidly to her side, and with fear and trembling took her noble rival's hand. Lady Julia did not withdraw it. 'Lady Julia, you are a lady of high rank, I am a poor milliner's girl; don't let me forget that in what I am going to say. I loved Ralph (I must call him so) devotedly; I love him still, or I should not be here. Before he quitted me, each day was an earthly life that...
Page 30 - But matters were getting serious, and he opened it with a solemn face. '13, Lincoln's Inn Fields, Feb. 4, 1860. 'Sir, We regret to inform you that intelligence has just reached us of the death of the Right Hon. Baron Singleton and his eldest son, the Honourable Hugh Warren, who were unfortunately drowned by the sudden capsizing of a yacht off Selsey Bill. We are instructed by your father, the present Baron Singleton, to communicate to you his desire that you should join him at Singleton without...
Page 25 - ... Alcohol, and that the pretty but supercilious barmaid is a carnal embodiment of his familiar, the malignant Djin; raise the curtain to the air of 'The Roast Beef of Old England,' encourage the fiction that the conversation is spoken through the levelling medium of a pantomime mask, and all will be well. I promise you that there are bright fairies, pretty shepherdesses, princes with black hair, and big-headed monarchs, waiting at the wing for their cue to come on; and you must not quarrel with...
Page 36 - Who are you? what do you want with me?' asked Lady Julia. 'I have come all the way from town to see you; forgive me I am so unhappy!' gasped poor Little Woman. 'But what business have you with me? I am unwell, and may not be intruded upon without good cause.' 'Lady Julia, I went first to Singleton, but he was not there.' Lady Julia started. 'Has your business any connection with Mr. Warren?' Little Woman nodded affirmatively she had no breath to speak with. 'Speak out don't be afraid;...
Page 34 - ... formal engagement bored him fearfully. The eternal rides and drives always with the same companions; the eternal congratulations always in the same form of words; the eternal evenings at Lord Sangazure's, each a replica of its predecessor, came to be looked upon by him with a feeling little short of aversion. He contrived to maintain an outward semblance of affection; but it was a hollow sham, and he knew it. His uneasiness was aggravated from time to time by receiving, at long intervals,...
Page 27 - ... murmur; intimated to Guy that he would not be cheerfully received at Singleton any more; and, indeed, determined to hold no further converse with him at any time, unless it should unfortunately happen that his elder brother, Spencer, were to die childless, in which case Guy, as the heir for the time being, would come in for all the gratifying consideration which, until the occurrence of that unlikely contingency, would be the hereditary right of his fortunate elder brother. At the same time Lord...
Page 35 - ... on the 15th of the ensuing month, and that the festivities on that occasion were to be on a scale of surpassing splendour. She was an impulsive little girl. She only waited to get leave of absence from the Lady Superior, and off she started to Singleton. With a beating heart she inquired for Ralph, and was told that he had just left unexpectedly for the Continent, and it was not known when he would return. She then asked the way to Sangazure Hall, and finding that it was six miles distant, she...

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