First Impressions Of England And Its People

Paperback | February 4, 2012

byHugh Miller

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVIII. The Penny-a-mile Train and its Passengers--Aunt Jonathan--London by night--St Paul's; the City as seen from the Dome--The Lord Mayor's coach--Westminster Abbey--The Gothic architecture a less exquisite production of the human mind than the Grecian--Poets' Corner--The Mission of the Poets--The tombs of the kings--The monument of James Watt--A humble coffee-house and its frequenters--The woes of genius in London--Old 110 Thames Street--The Tower--The Thames Tunnel--Longings of the true Londoner for rural life and the country; their influence on literature--The British Museum; its splendid collection of fossil remains--Human skeleton of Guadaloupe--The Egyptian Room--Domesticities of the ancient Egyptians--Cycle of reproduction--The Mummies. I Must again take the liberty, as on a former occasion, of antedating a portion of my tour: I did not proceed direct to London from Olney; but as I have nothing interesting to record of my journeyings in the interval, I shall pursue the thread of my narrative as if I had. For the sake of variety, I had taken the penny-a-mile train; and derived some amusement from the droll humours of my travelling companions--a humbler, coarser, freer, and withal merrier section of the people, than the second-class travellers, whose acquaintance, in at least my railway peregrinations, I had chiefly cultivated hitherto. We had not the happiness of producing any very good jokes among us; but there were many laudable attempts; and though the wit was only tolerable, the laughter was hearty. There was an old American lady of the company, fresh from Yankee-land, who was grievously teased for the general benefit; but Aunt Jonathan, though only indifferently furnished with teeth, had an effective tongue; and Mister Bull, in most o...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVIII. The Penny-a-mile Train and its Passengers--Aunt Jonathan--London by night--St Paul's; the City as seen from the...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:124 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217720846

ISBN - 13:9780217720847

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