Image from page 181 of "Master Humphrey's clock" (1840)
Title: Master Humphrey's clock
Subjects: Gordon Riots, 1780
Publisher: London : Chapman and Hall
Contributing Library: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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en fatal. Mr. Abel remained behind, very often looking at his watch and at theroom door, until Mr. Swiveller was roused from a short nap, by the setting-down on the landing-place outside, as from the shoulders of a porter, of some 172 MASTER HUMPHREYS CLOCK. giant load, which seemed to shako the house, and made the little physicbottles on the mantel-shelf ring again. Directly this sound reached his ears,Mr. Abel started up, and hobbled to the door, and opened it; and behold!there stood a strong man, with a mighty hamper, which being hauled into theroom and presently unpacked, disgorged such treasures of tea, and coffee,and wine, and rusks, and oranges, and grapes, and fowls ready trussed forboiling, and calves-foot jelly, and arrow-root, and sago, and other delicaterestoratives, that the small servant, who had never thought it possible thatsuch things could be, except in shops, stood rooted to the spot in her oneshoe, with her mouth and eyes watering in unison, and her power of speech
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quite gone. But not so Mr. Abel; or the strong man who emptied the hamper,big as it was, in a twinkling ; and not so the nice old lady, who appeared sosuddenly that she might have come out of the hamper too (it was quitelarge enough), and who, bustling about on tiptoe and without noise—now here,now there, now everywhere at once—began to fill out the jelly in teacups, and.to make chicken broth in small saucepans, and to peel oranges for the sick manand to cut them up in little pieces, and to ply the small servant with glasses ofwine and choice bits of everything until more substantial meat could be pre-pared for her refreshment. The whole of which appearances were so unex-pected and bewildering, that Mr. Svviveller, when he had taken two orangesand a little jelly, and had seen the strong man walk off with the emptybasket, plainly leaving all that abundance for his use and benefit, was fain to MASTER HUMPHREYS CLOCK. 173 lie down and fall asleep again, from sheer inability to entert
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