Ways of life

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Groombridge, 1861 - Conduct of life - 314 pages
 

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Page 171 - April 17, 1 held a railway ticket in my hand, that was printed to keep up appearances. A journey from London Bridge to nowhere and back, by a special four o'clock train, was all that I was guaranteed by this slip of cardboard in return for the sum of three pounds sterling. For all this seeming mystery, the railway company knew that I knew I was going to the great...
Page 169 - Mousley Hurst. We had some notion that its exhibitions were illegal, and that its professors were compelled to live upon the traditions of the past, and bite their motheaten boxing-gloves in pugilistic bar-parlours. It is probable that we did not regard these professors as a down-trodden race...
Page 270 - ... shop, I passed, still pianoless, to a more cheerful atmosphere. A young man in chambers had advertised an instrument for sale, which he had unexpectedly won at a raffle ; and though his direction was not very promising, I resolved to pay him a visit. The instrument, as I expected, presented the same old familiar face that I had gazed upon so often for the last few weeks, and I seemed to welcome it as a tried and valued friend. The young man, who looked like one of those commercial travellers...
Page 162 - ... any hour, arouse the boots from his lair, over the stables, that he may in his turn awaken me, and bring me the necessary hot water, etc. So far the machinery seems perfect, and I sink to sleep. When I awake, the sun is shining full into my room, and there is, for the village, a strange bustle in the principal street. I endeavour, for a moment, to collect my faculties, and my first impulse is to rush for my watch. That faithful companion tells me that it is twenty minutes to twelve in broad day,...
Page 176 - ... taking equestrian exercise on the coach-road below ; represented the winking majesty of the law. Their faces showed the make-believe character of their opposition to the exceptional event. When, after a journey of two hours, we were set down at the Farnborough station, it struck me that no more appropriate fighting-ground could have been chosen throughout England. We were near the great military camp of Aldershott — a place where thirty thousand warriors are always studying how best to kill...
Page 170 - The powers of the metropolitan police wore put in force, and they kept up appearances by pushing the training combatants into the country. Local constabulary forces, finding that they also were expected to behave with superficial decency, hunted the American (not very chivalrously, seeing that they might have hunted the Englishman), until he was bound over to keep the peace with two sureties, to the extent of a hundred pounds. That extremely useful end attained, they retired like good men who had...
Page 159 - ... or a title, than to bear the name of one of those great human monuments, the standard celebrities of the past. TOO LATE. I AM a punctual man ; nervously, fretfully, painfully punctual. If I have an engagement on business or pleasure, I prepare to keep it some hours before the time appointed, and am totally unable to think of anything, or do anything until it is over. I have a marvellous faculty for believing that my watch must have stopped, or that the clocks in the house are not strictly regulated...

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