The race for wealth, Volume 1

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Page 160 - As fits give vigour, just when they destroy. Time, that on all things lays his lenient hand, Yet tames not this ; it sticks to our last sand. Consistent in our follies and our sins, Here honest Nature ends as she begins. Old politicians chew on wisdom past, And totter on in business to the last ; As weak, as earnest ; and as gravely out, As sober Lanesborow dancing in the gout.
Page 10 - ... citizens insulted their kings. In the Tower, hard by, a Princess of Wales was kissed by the rabble; in the Tower Lord Lovat, the day but two before his execution, made that sharp answer to the Major of the Tower, who came to ask him how he did,—" Sir, I am doing very well, for I am fitting myself for a place where hardly any majors go, and very few lieutenant-generals.
Page 310 - Hill, of St. John's Wood, of Paddington, Tyburnia, Belgravia, Pimlico, Chelsea, Hammersmith, and Fulham. As for the South — across the bridges it sends its tributaries to the great human stream. By train, by omnibus, on foot, they come to swell the flood : from Greenwich and Blackheath, from New Cross, Peckham, Lewisham, Camberwell, Sydenham, Norwood, Walworth, Brixton, Bermondsey, Deptford, Kennington, Lambeth, Clapham, Battersea, Vauxhall, and all outlying towns and villages they come to work;...
Page 333 - And I suppose he is," broke in Mrs. Jackson. "I think not," answered her husband. '"Mr. Barbour is a very rising young man,' Mr. Sondes remarked; 'but there are two sides to every question, and there are two sides to this ; ' and if I'm not greatly mistaken," observed the speaker, on his own account, "the other side in this case is the Alwyns.
Page 41 - ... with faded crimson curtains; there were Mr. Perkins in his office-coat, brown in parts with coffee, white in others with bean-flour, Mrs. Perkins, in a dark stuff dress, and five children, arrayed according to their age and sex in garments curiously fashioned, and evidently home-made — evidently, by reason of the bagginess of the nether habiliments of the little boys, and of the generally patchy appearance of the dresses of the girls. No one, looking even for the first time at the delft tea-service,...
Page 248 - Barbour: there stood the child, with her dog at her side, with her kitten, now grown into a great cat, in her arms, looking up in his face with those sweet lovely eyes, into which there came tears as she gazed; there was Olivine, to whom he had sung his songs in the old house at Stepney, waiting to greet him with the sunlight shining on her, with the flowers around her. Very gently she put the cat down and came forward shyly, and quietly as ever; but she clung to his hand and stroked it softly, and...
Page 11 - it will seem lighter when on your own head;" which no doubt she discovered five years later as she rode through London, receiving homage and congratulation while she passed along. There is no part of London — none — so full of interest as this; and we may never forget that truth as we walk slowly over its stones, talking as we go. Still slowly, over the stones likewise, Lawrence Barbour bends his steps Due East. He missed his way when he wandered so far south as Thames Street, but he asked the...
Page 176 - The consciousness of power is a fine thing ; it carries a man through many an uneven way, over many a terrible obstacle ; but till people have learned that even power is not everything, till they have had many a rub, many a fall, many a hard lesson, great mental strength and unusual talent are apt to make our acquaintances a trifle disagreeable. Even inferiority does not like to be ridden over roughshod.
Page 171 - I am happy to be now addressing, what a purgatory it must have seemed to a person of Lawrence Barbour's active nature. It would be easy to tell you of the breaks in his life, of his various visitors, of how the men from Distaff Yard came in little relays to see him, and were wont, after the manner of their fraternity, to shake hands till the patient screamed with the pain such shaking caused. There would be no difficulty in setting forth all this — in recalling out of...

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