Whimsicalities by Thomas HoodWhimsicalities by Thomas Hood


byThomas Hood

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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. 1852. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I. She tawght 'hem to sew and marke, All manner of sylkyn werke, Of her they were full fayne. Romance Of Emare. A Schoolmistress ought not to travel--No, sir! No, madam--except on tfhe map. There, indeed, she may skip from a blue continent to a green one--cross a pink isthmu?--traverse a Red, Black, or Yellow Sea--land in a purple island, or roam in an orange desert, without danger or indecorum. There she may ascend dotted rivers, sojourn at capital cities, scale alps, and wade through bogs, without soiling her shoe, rumpling her satin, or showing her ankle. But as to practical travelling,--real journeying and voyaging,--oh, never, never, never! How, sir! Would you deny to a Preceptress all the excursive pleasures of locomotion? By no means, miss. In the summer holidays, when the days are long and the evenings are light, there is no objection to a little trip by the railway--say to Weybridge or Slough--provided always--Well, sir 1 That she goes by a special train, and in a first-class carriage. Ridiculous! Nay, madam--consider her pretensions. She is little short of a Divinity!--Diana, without the hunting!--a modernized Minerva!--the Representative of Womanhood in all its purity!--Eve, in full dress, with a finished education!--a Model of Morality!--a Pattern of Propriety!--the Fugle-woman of her Sex! As such she must be perfect. No medium performance--no ordinary good-going, like that of an eight-day clock or a Dutch dial--will suffice for the character. She must be as correct as a prize chronometer. She must be her own Prospectus personified. Spotless in reputation, immaculate in her dress, regular in her habits, refined in her manners, elegant in her carriage, nice in her taste, fruitless in her phraseology, and in her mind like--like--Pray wha...
Title:WhimsicalitiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217147518

ISBN - 13:9780217147514