The Bell; Its Origin, History, and Uses by James Russell LowellThe Bell; Its Origin, History, and Uses by James Russell Lowell

The Bell; Its Origin, History, and Uses

byJames Russell Lowell, Alfred Gatty

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. VARIOUS MODERN USES OF SMALL BELLS. "For, though they do agree in kind, Specific difference we find."--Butleb. In making our remarks on the various uses of bells in general, as distinguished from church bells, their almost universal introduction at every turn and scene of life renders it difficult to describe the amount of convenience which they afford, or to specify even a portion of their different services. Certain, however, it is, that whether we sit at home cogitating our wants and making arrangements for their gratification--awaiting the visits of friends, or the calls of creditors; or whether we start on our travels, either by sea or land, the bell holds an all-important and most prominent place in our adventures, and its voice is only not remarked by us on such occasions, because it is so constantly heard. Now, in visiting an ancient residence, like Haddon Hall, for instance, which still vividly illustrates in its substantial remains the manners and customs of the "olden time," it is surely an interesting speculation to conceive how its once lordly tenants, with their rich and noble guests, inhabited the many chambers of that vast pile, and enjoyed all the sumptuous comforts of baronial hospitality, without the means of giving a single tintinnabulary summons to servant or retainer. And then to contrast the condition of our modern citizen, who rears his rural "box" within omnibus reach of the Exchange--a tenement occupying only a few square yards out of his estate of one quarter of an acre of land--and who would be the most wretched of mortals, without his front door bell, his back door bell, and his bell for every room in his diminutive mansion: besides his hand-bell on the table, to relieve him from the insupportable...
Title:The Bell; Its Origin, History, and UsesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:May 5, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021770395X

ISBN - 13:9780217703956