Mr. Thackeray's Writings in "The National Standard," and "Constitutional."

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Page 53 - ONCE upon a time there was an old woman who lived in a village not very far off, and who went to market to buy a sack of beans. Now, she had to walk back ten miles over a dreary common ; a long step at most times, but a terrible pull when one has a sack of beans on one's back. It was night before she got...
Page 279 - In the first place, a delay of some months consequent upon the postponement of the newspaper stamp reduction, operated on the minds of many who were originally parties to the enterprise ; in the next, the majority of those who remained faithful were wholly inexperienced in the art and...
Page 55 - So the little fellow gave her his arm ; and there they went across the common, talking about beans, and the weather, and what not, as if they had been two angels. He saw her almost home ; and you may be sure that when she got there she fell down on her knees and said her prayers ; as well she might, after getting off so well. ' While she was in the middle of her prayers, in comes her husband ; and as soon as she'd done, he asked for a bit of bacon and some of the beans ; so she cut a large piece,...
Page 279 - Constitutional), the feelings of the gentleman who once walked at his own funeral," and the editor, or perhaps his late Paris Correspondent adds, " The adverse circumstances have been various. In the philosophy of ill-luck it may be laid down as a principle that every point of discouragement tends to one common centre of defeat. When the fates do concur in one discomfiture their unanimity is wonderful. So has it happened in the case of the Constitutional. In the first place, a delay of some months...

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