He thought her prettiness comparable to the loveliest things in confectionery; he judged her to be of submissive temper--likely to wait upon him as well as if she had been a negress, and to be silently terrified when his liver made him irritable; and he considered the Palfrey family quite the best in the parish
, possessing marriageable daughters.
I'm not a tipplin' man nor a drunkard-- nobody can say it on me--but I like a extry quart at Easter or Christmas time, as is nat'ral when we're goin' the rounds a- singin', an' folks offer't you for nothin'; or when I'm a- collectin' the dues; an' I like a pint wi' my pipe, an' a neighbourly chat at Mester Casson's now an' then, for I was brought up i' the Church, thank God, an' ha' been a parish
clerk this two-an'-thirty year: I should know what the church religion is.
Carey had finished her business with the banker, she generally went upstairs to have a little chat with his sister; and while the ladies talked of parish
matters, the curate or the new bonnet of Mrs.
There was a fierce righteousness about his spirit which made him a better parish
priest than many a more pious man.
The fine gentleman and beau of the parish
and its vicinity (in his own estimation, at least) is a young .
Nothing was now wanting but the consent of the young lady; obtaining which, Launce would go to the parish
church and give the necessary notice of a marriage by banns on the next day.
The whole parish
declared she could not come honestly by such things; and parents, instead of wishing their daughters the same, felicitated themselves that their children had them not.
Into such a parish
and state of society Arthur's father had been thrown at the age of twenty-five--a young married parson, full of faith, hope, and love.
What kind of a great house was this, that all the parish
should start and stare to be asked the way to it?
business, sir, and a goodish long trot before it's all done for a man at my age.
This is too near the first hours of my life for me to relate anything of myself but by hearsay; it is enough to mention, that as I was born in such an unhappy place, I had no parish
to have recourse to for my nourishment in my infancy; nor can I give the least account how I was kept alive, other than that, as I have been told, some relation of my mother's took me away for a while as a nurse, but at whose expense, or by whose direction, I know nothing at all of it.
For a long time after it was ushered into this world of sorrow and trouble, by the parish
surgeon, it remained a matter of considerable doubt whether the child would survive to bear any name at all; in which case it is somewhat more than probable that these memoirs would never have appeared; or, if they had, that being comprised within a couple of pages, they would have possessed the inestimable merit of being the most concise and faithful specimen of biography, extant in the literature of any age or country.