The Enchiridion Of Wit; The Best Specimens Of English Conversational Wit

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byWilliam Shepard Walsh

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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. 1884. Excerpt: ... An Expensive Reputation. Dr. Hume went to a newspaper office, and laid on the counter an announcement of the death of some friend, together' with five shillings, the usual price of such advertisements. The clerk, who had a very rough manner, demanded seven shillings and sixpence, the extra charge being for the words "he was universally beloved and deeply regretted." Hume paid the money, saying, gravely, "Congratulate yourself, sir, that this is an expense which your executors will never be put to." A Pin's Worth. A gentleman of very great talent but of rather extravagant habits was going to a dance; and, knowing Hicks to have a very handsome pin, which had been presented to him, he asked if he would lend it to him. "What for?" said Hicks. "Oh, if you must know, I want to take it to the ball." "Pooh, pooh! Don't tell me. You want to take it to the three balls" (i.e., the pawnbroker's), was the answer. Short Measure. An actor, notorious for his love of beer, sailed for India. "He was a good fellow," said Thack eray: "take him for half-and-half, we shall not look upon his like again!" Mutual Aid. Thackeray and Hicks, walking together, stopped opposite a door-way over which were inscribed in gilt letters the words " Mutual Loan Association." "What on earth can that mean?" asked Hicks. "I don't know," said Thackeray, " unless it means that two men who have nothing agree to lend it to each other." Editorial Corrections. The right of an editor to change the copy of his contributors being under discussion, Thackeray maintained that no such right existed, except as regarded errors of grammar, and declared that the only person who could make alterations for the better was the author himself: as a rule, editorial changes were blunders. "I told an editor so once," sa...

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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. 1884. Excerpt: ... An Expensive Reputation. Dr. Hume went to a newspaper office, and laid on the counter an announcement of the death of some fri...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217076416

ISBN - 13:9780217076418

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