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Book the First The Cup and the Lip Chapter 1 On the Look Out2015-04-04
In these times of ours, though concerning the exact year there is no need to be precise, a boat of dirty and disreputable appearance, with two figures in it, floated on the Thames, between Southwark bridge which is of iron, and London Bridge which is of stone, as an autumn evening was closing in.
Chapter 2 The Man from Somewhere2015-04-04
Mr and Mrs Veneering were bran-new people in a bran-new house in a bran-new quarter of London.
Chapter 3 Another Man2015-04-03
As the disappearing skirts of the ladies ascended the Veneering staircase, Mortimer, following them forth from the dining-room, turned into a library of bran-new books, in bran-new bindings liberally gilded, and requested to see the messenger who had brought the paper.
Chapter 4 The R. Wilfer Family2015-04-03
Reginald Wilfer is a name with rather a grand sound, suggesting on first acquaintance brasses in country churches, scrolls in stained-glass windows, and generally the De Wilfers who came over with the Conqueror.
Chapter 5 Boffin's Bower2015-04-02
Over against a London house, a corner house not far from Cavendish Square, a man with a wooden leg had sat for some years, with his remaining foot in a basket in cold weather, picking up a living on this wise:- Every morning at eight oclock, he stumped to the corner, carrying a chair, a clothes-horse, a pair of trestles, a board, a basket, and an umbrella, all strapped together.
Chapter 6 Cut Adrift2015-04-02
The Six Jolly Fellowship Porters, already mentioned as a tavern of a dropsical appearance, had long settled down into a state of hale infirmity.
Chapter 7 Mr Wegg Looks After Himself2015-04-01
Silas Wegg, being on his road to the Roman Empire, approaches it by way of Clerkenwell.
Chapter 8 Mr Boffin in Consultation2015-04-01
Whosoever had gone out of Fleet Street into the Temple at the date of this history, and had wandered disconsolate about the Temple until he stumbled on a dismal churchyard, and had looked up at the dismal windows commanding that churchyard until at the most dismal window of them all he saw a dismal boy
Chapter 9 Mr and Mrs Boffin in Consultation2015-03-31
Betaking himself straight homeward, Mr Boffin, without further let or hindrance, arrived at the Bower, and gave Mrs Boffin (in a walking dress of black velvet and feathers, like a mourning coachhorse) an account of all he had said and done since breakfast.
Chapter 10 A Marriage Contract2015-03-31
There is excitement in the Veneering mansion. The mature young lady is going to be married (powder and all) to the mature young gentleman, and she is to be married from the Veneering house, and the Veneerings are to give the breakfast.
Chapter 11 Podsnappery2015-03-30
Mr Podsnap was well to do, and stood very high in Mr Podsnaps opinion.
Chapter 12 The Sweat of an Honest Man's Brow2015-03-30
Mr Mortimer Lightwood and Mr Eugene Wrayburn took a coffeehouse dinner together in Mr Lightwoods office.
Chapter 13 Tracking the Bird of Prey2015-03-29
The two lime merchants, with their escort, entered the dominions of Miss Abbey Potterson, to whom their escort (presenting them and their pretended business over the half-door of the bar, in a confidential way) preferred his figurative request that ‘a mouthful of fire might be lighted in Cosy.
Chapter 14 The Bird of Prey Brought Down2015-03-29
Cold on the shore, in the raw cold of that leaden crisis in the fourand-twenty hours when the vital force of all the noblest and prettiest things that live is at its lowest, the three watchers looked each at the blank faces of the other two, and all at the blank face of Riderhood in his boat.
Chapter 15 Two New Servants2015-03-28
Mr and Mrs Boffin sat after breakfast, in the Bower, a prey to prosperity.
Chapter 16 Minders and Re-minders2015-03-28
The Secretary lost no time in getting to work, and his vigilance and method soon set their mark on the Golden Dustmans affairs.
Chapter 17 A Dismal Swamp2015-03-27
And now, in the blooming summer days, behold Mr and Mrs Boffin established in the eminently aristocratic family mansion, and behold all manner of crawling, creeping, fluttering, and buzzing creatures, attracted by the gold dust of the Golden Dustman!
Book the Second Birds of a Feather Chapter 1 Of an Educational Character2015-03-27
The school at which young Charley Hexam had first learned from a book - the streets being, for pupils of his degree, the great Preparatory Establishment in which very much that is never unlearned is learned without and before book - was a miserable loft in an unsavoury yard.
Chapter 2 Still Educational2015-03-26
The person of the house, dolls dressmaker and manufacturer of ornamental pincushions and pen-wipers, sat in her quaint little low arm-chair, singing in the dark, until Lizzie came back.
Chapter 3 A Piece of Work2015-03-26
Britannia, sitting meditating one fine day (perhaps in the attitude in which she is presented on the copper coinage), discovers all of a sudden that she wants Veneering in Parliament.
Chapter 4 Cupid Prompted2015-03-25
To use the cold language of the world, Mrs Alfred Lammle rapidly improved the acquaintance of Miss Podsnap.
Chapter 5 Mercury Prompting2015-03-25
Fledgeby deserved Mr Alfred Lammles eulogium.
Chapter 6 A Riddle Without an Answer2015-03-24
Again Mr Mortimer Lightwood and Mr Eugene Wrayburn sat together in the Temple.
Chapter 7 In which a Friendly Move is Originated2015-03-24
The arrangement between Mr Boffin and his literary man, Mr Silas Wegg, so far altered with the altered habits of Mr Boffins life, as that the Roman Empire usually declined in the morning and in the eminently aristocratic family mansion, rather than in the evening, as of yore, and in Boffins Bower.
Chapter 8 In which an Innocent Elopement Occurs2015-03-23
The minion of fortune and the worm of the hour, or in less cutting language, Nicodemus Boffin, Esquire, the Golden Dustman, had become as much at home in his eminently aristocratic family mansion as he was likely ever to be.
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