The Life And Remains Of Theodore Edward Hook Volume 1

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byTheodore Edward Hook

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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.1849 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. PRACTICAL JOKES. THE MUSEUM. MR. II AND THE GOLDEN EAGLE. THE UNINVITED GUEST. "LE GASTRONOME SANS ARGENT." TURNPIKES. TOUR IN WALES. MR. THOMAS HILL. "THE HAUNCH OF VENISON."--SIR P. D E-S LARDER. CROYDON FAIR.--THE HACKNEY COACH.--THE BERNERS STREET HOAX. But at this period, it was for his performances off the stage, that the name of Theodore Hook became most notorious, for that series of practical jokes or "hoaxes," which, inexcusable as they must be considered, were so inexpressibly ludicrous in effect, as well as original in conception, and were carried out with so unparalleled a degree of impudence, as to provoke the dullest of mortals to mirth. Transferred to paper even by his own pen, they necessarily lose much of their piquancy; but told as he, when "i' the vein," was wont to tell them, eye, tone, and gesture, all richly significant of fun, they were perfectly irresistible, it was not in nature tenere risum; at least, if the individual exists whose gravity could have held good under the circumstances, he may be--"Fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils," or even for a resident fellowship at Cambridge, but for little else. He commenced, as a very young man of course, with the establishment of a museum, which boasted the most complete collection of knockers, the finest specimens of sign-painting, the most magnificent bunches of grapes, the longest barbers' poles, and the largest cocked hats that the metropolis could produce. His predatory adventures, indeed, evidently suggested to his friend, "Thomas Ingoldsby," the matter of one or two chapters of "My Cousin Nicholas," even if that worthy personage does not owe his existence altogether to some dim recollection of the vagaries of his great prototype. The scene at Brighton, for instance,...

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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.1849 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. PRACTICAL JOKES. THE MUSEUM. MR. II AND THE GOLDEN EAGLE. THE UNINVITED GUEST. "LE GASTRONOME SANS ARGENT." TURNPIK...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:84 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217354270

ISBN - 13:9780217354271

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