The race for wealth, Volume 2

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Page 262 - I am to lose you, darling," and he clasped her to his heart, and kissed her over and over and over again, while the big tears, rolling down his cheeks, fell on her face. "What a simpleton I am...
Page 78 - You are not doing amiss with peppercorns and coffee-berries, I conclude," said Mr. Alwyn. "We cannot complain; but Mr. Sondes' part of the trade is the best, after all. Now, he is coining if you like. He has taken another large place close beside his old one, and he is spending money on it just as though sovereigns were to be picked up in the streets." " He spends nothing on his house, you see,
Page 68 - Robinson never thinks of feeling his friend has committed the " unpardonable sin," though he may be twice as rich and prosperous as himself. Let Mrs. Jones, however, refurnish her drawing-room ; let her daughter be provided by a too partial parent with one of Collard's Repetition Trichord grand pianos, on which to fight out her daily battle with Thalberg and Czerny; let Mrs. Brown engage a manservant, or Mrs. Robinson drive out with a pair, to return the Hon. Mrs. Blank's call, and there is a row...
Page 121 - ... considered himself rather one of the earth's props than otherwise. Humility sitting on the ground does not receive any great shock when she is forced to lick the dust ; but the height from which pride has usually to fall makes the fall painful, and Lawrence felt the jar in every nerve of his body. He tried to answer Mr. Sondes ; his very pride made him desire to say something in reply to his employer's observation, but he felt he could not say that something coolly and unconcernedly, and for...
Page 184 - Robinson ; we spent a delightful even-ing at his home last week ! " Note the connexion of ideas, the links in the social chain; see how one man is hanging to another man's skirts, how in the great business of gentility every person is trying to borrow capital of his friends and acquaintances, striving to push a connexion, — endeavouring at all hazards to drive a trade. Where is the man who has never wondered to himself as he made his way home...
Page 74 - Should you object to my mentioning your idea to Miss Alwyn ? " " Not in the least, if you think it will expedite the coming of the happy day, talk about me and my idea and this house from morning till night. Ecmember, however, I shall expect to be asked to the wedding, and to have a piece of cake as large as a Stilton cheese.
Page 84 - ... but issue invitations from some out-of-the-way place, like Addle Lane, or the Isle of Dogs, and not a soul refuses. The most successful party at which I ever chanced to be present was one given by Mitchell, Graft and Mitchell, in their great warehouse in Norton Folgate. It was a whim of Mrs. Graft's ; and when she issued her cards, everybody said, ' Where on earth is Norton Folgate...
Page 42 - ... invitations, and very quietly laying his plans for the future. Then he dropped out of his old life, and the social place which had once known him so well knew him no more for ever. When he came to mix in the world again, it was on a much higher rung of the ladder he found himself than had been the case previously. There was no fear of that which was worked for honestly and perseveringly giving way beneath his feet. No more debts ; no more duns ; no more dread of meeting this man or that ; no...
Page 18 - ... is hard for all the idle words and senseless guesses of a country-side to be laid at your door. But mind you, Percy, you must work. Do not depend on my leaving you anything, or being able to help you further, now you have got a good situation and the chance of pushing yourself on in the world. I am sorry your father has not done something for you, though — very ; because I cannot. I am not so rich as you imagine, and I have expenses, heavy expenses. I am perfectly frank to save you from all...
Page 132 - I did not know — that is, I am not certain — that is, I believe — I never thought you would care for her to go among such a lot of people. I thought Miss Sondes herself " " Well, you can discuss what you thought with Miss Sondes,

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