Sketches by 'Boz'.

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Chapman and Hall, 1837 - 41 pages
 

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Page 249 - The filthy and miserable appearance of this part of London can hardly be imagined by those (and there are many such) who have not witnessed it. Wretched houses with broken windows patched with rags and paper ; every room let out to a different family, and in many instances to two or even three — fruit and "sweetstuff...
Page 137 - I will.' CXLIII He search'd, they search'd, and rummaged everywhere, Closet and clothes-press, chest and window-seat, And found much linen, lace, and several pair Of stockings, slippers, brushes, combs, complete, With other articles of ladies fair, To keep them beautiful, or leave them neat: Arras they prick'd and curtains with their swords, And wounded several shutters, and some boards.
Page 254 - Gin-drinking is a great vice in England, but wretchedness and dirt are a greater ; and until you improve the homes of the poor, or persuade a half-famished wretch not to seek relief in the temporary oblivion of his own misery, with the pittance which, divided among his family, would furnish a morsel of bread for each, gin-shops will increase in number and splendour.
Page 169 - The installation of the Duke of Wellington, as Chancellor of the University of Oxford, was nothing, in point of bustle and turmoil, to the installation of Mrs.
Page 278 - the lungs of London," we wonder what Greenwich Fair is— a periodical breaking out, we suppose, a sort of spring-rash : a three days' fever, which cools the blood for six months afterwards, and at the expiration of which London is restored to its old habits of plodding industry, as suddenly and completely as if nothing bad ever happened to disturb them.

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