B. Tauchnitz, 1867 - 295 pagina's

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Pagina 19 - a little out of tune ; but we were none of us musical, though Miss Jenkyns beat time, out of time, by way of appearing to be so. It was very good of Miss Jenkyns to do this ; for I had seen that, a little before, she had been a good deal annoyed by Miss Jessie Brown's unguarded admission (d propos of Shetland wool) that she had an uncle, her mother's brother, who was a shopkeeper in Edinburgh.
Pagina 66 - Matty, who had been trained by her sister to hold smoking of every kind in utter abhorrence. But, if it was a shock to her refinement, it was also a gratification to her feelings to be thus selected ; so she daintily stuffed^ the strong tobacco into the pipe, and then we withdrew. " It is very pleasant dining with a bachelor," said Miss Matty softly, as we settled ourselves in the counting-house.
Pagina 64 - Holbrook called the counting-house, when he paid his labourers their weekly wages at a great desk near the door. The rest of the pretty sitting-room — looking into the orchard, and all covered over with dancing tree-shadows — was filled with books. They lay on the ground, they covered the walls, they strewed the table. He was evidently half-ashamed and half-proud of his extravagance in this respect.
Pagina 71 - She had probably met with so little sympathy in her early love that she had shut it up close in her heart; and it was only by a sort of watching, which I could hardly avoid since Miss Pole's confidence, that I saw how faithful her poor heart had been in its sorrow and its silence. She gave me some good reason for wearing her best cap every day, and sat near the window, in spite of her rheumatism, in order to see, without being seen, down into the street. He came. He put his open palms upon his knees,...
Pagina 65 - It was the smarter place, but, like most smart things, not at all pretty, or pleasant, or home-like: so, while we were at dinner, the servant-girl dusted and scrubbed the countinghouse chairs, and we sat there all the rest of the day. We had pudding before meat; and I thought Mr Holbrook was going to make some apology for his old-fashioned ways, for he began: " I don't know whether you like new-fangled ways.
Pagina 21 - She read one of the conversations between Rasselas and Imlac, in a high-pitched majestic voice: and when she had ended, she said, 'I imagine I am now justified in my preference of Dr Johnson as a writer of fiction.' The Captain screwed his lips up, and drummed on the table, but he did not speak. She thought she would give a finishing blow or two. 'I consider it vulgar, and below the dignity of literature, to publish in numbers.
Pagina 11 - There were one or two consequences arising from this general but unacknowledged poverty, and this very much acknowledged gentility, which were not amiss, and which might be introduced into many circles of society to their great improvement. For instance, the inhabitants of Cranford kept early hours, and clattered home in their pattens, under the guidance of a lanternbearer, about nine o'clock at night; and the whole town was abed and asleep by half-past ten. Moreover, it was considered "vulgar...
Pagina 72 - Soon after this I took my leave, giving many an injunction to Martha to look after her mistress, and to let me know if she thought that Miss Matilda was not so well; in which case I would volunteer a visit to my old friend, without noticing Martha's intelligence to her. Accordingly I received a line or two from Martha every now and then; and, about November, I had a note to say her mistress was " very low and sadly off her food"; and the account made me so uneasy that, although Martha did not decidedly...
Pagina 33 - I had often occasion to notice the use that was made of fragments and small opportunities in Cranford : the rose-leaves that were gathered ere they fell to make into a pot-pourri for some one who had no garden ; the little bundles of lavender-flowers sent to strew the drawers of some town-dweller, or to burn in the chamber of some invalid. Things that many would despise, and actions which it seemed scarcely worth while to perform, were all attended to in Cranford.
Pagina 57 - ... he had refused to push himself on, as so many of his class had done, into the ranks of the squires. He would not allow himself to be called Thomas Holbrook, Esq.; he even sent back letters with this address, telling the post-mistress at Cranford that his name was Mr Thomas Holbrook, yeoman. He rejected all domestic innovations; he would have the house door stand open in summer and shut in winter, without knocker or bell to summon a servant.

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