The American Preceptor

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General Books, 2009 - 184 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. 1825 Excerpt: ...sit down now and then with one's friends.' R. But do you not recollect that your resources are by no means equal to your dress and other extraordinary expenses? G. We bloods look to our dress for resources, and not to our resources for dress as you do. li. R. Can you do this honestly?., G. Hon-est-iy, (drawling it out) we have no such word in otir vocabulary. R. So it should seem. But tell me how do you conv trive to keep up such an appearance of wealth and fashion, 'when I can barely subsist. What is the chief requisite? G. Assurance, my dear. Lay in a good stock of assurance, and yon have a mine at your disposal. R. But will assurance clothe me? G. Yes, and teed you too. Hark ye, Dick, if your clothes be worn out or unfashionable, goto a tailor, and order a suit of the best Hoth, to be sent to your lodgings. Say nothing about the price, mind you, say nothing about that, none but the vulgar wlio intend to pay, ever say any thing about the price. R. Well, but must not I pay for them? (?.. Pay for them, no, man. When' pricklouse calls for his money, order another suit. Try this expedient till he refuses to work for you, then swear at him for a troublesome puppy, and forbid him your house. R. Clothes, however, are not all 1 shall need. G. That's true, Dick, but they will procure everything else. What's a man without clothes? A smooth shilling that hardly passes for what it really weighs, while every body gives currency to 6ne fresh from the mint Clothes, Dick, are a sine qua non with us bloods. R. How so, every body appears to laugh at ycur fashionable trim, and wonder how you dare appear so ridiculous. G. Yes, and yet the same people do us homage. No doqr is closed against a fine coat, few tradesmen enquire how we came by it, and where is the lady who does n...

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