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The Barouche Driver and His Wife: A Tale for Haut Ton. Containing a Curious ...
Sir Charles Sedley
No preview available - 2019
appeared beautiful became better body brought called Castle Rackrent character coming dear desire door driving Edward English expected eyes face fair fashion father fortune friends gave gentleman give given Grunter guineas half hand happy head hear heart honor horse husband immediately Ireland Irish Jason Judy knew lady land late leave live look Lord marriage married master means mind Miss morning Murtagh nature never night once Ormsby person pleasure poor pounds present Rackrent rent round says sent Sir Condy soon speak spirit standing sure taken talk tell tenants Thady thing thought thousand tion told took town turned whiskey whole wife wish woman young
Page 4 - When it raineth it is his pent-house; when it bloweth it is his tent ; when it freezeth it is his tabernacle. In summer he can wear it loose, in winter he can wrap it close ; at all times he can use it ; never heavy, never cumbersome.
Page 1 - HAVING, out of friendship for the family, upon whose estate, praised be Heaven ! I and mine have lived rent-free time out of mind, voluntarily undertaken to publish the MEMOIRS OF THE RACKRENT FAMILY, I think it my duty to say a few words, in the first place, concerning myself. My real name is Thady Quirk, though in the family I have always been known by no other than
Page 14 - She had a charity school for poor children, where they were taught to read and write gratis, and where they were kept well to spinning gratis for my lady in return ; for she had always heaps of duty yarn from the tenants, and got all her household linen out of the estate from first to last ; for after the spinning, the weavers on the estate took it in hand for nothing, because of the looms my lady's interest could get from the Linen Board to distribute gratis.
Page 182 - All the features in the foregoing sketch were taken from the life, and they are characteristic of that mixture of quickness, simplicity, cunning, carelessness, dissipation, disinterestedness, shrewdness, and blunder, which in different forms, and with various success, has been brought upon the stage, or delineated in novels.
Page xviii - The body of the deceased, dressed in grave clothes, and ornamented with flowers, was placed on a bier, or some elevated spot. The relations and keepers (singing mourners) ranged themselves in two divisions, one at the head, and the other at the feet of the corpse. The bards and croteries had before prepared the funeral Caoinan.
Page 3 - It is a fit house for an outlaw, a meet bed for a rebel, and an apt cloke for a thief.
Page 19 - Out of forty-nine suits which he had, he never lost one but seventeen; the rest he gained with costs, double costs, treble costs sometimes; but even that did not pay. He was a very learned man in the law, and had the character of it; but how it was I can't tell, these suits that he carried cost him a power of money: in the end he sold some hundreds a year of the family estate; but he was a very learned man in the law, and I know nothing of the matter, except having a great regard for the family...
Page 184 - In a prison the awe of the public eye is lost, and the power of the law is spent; there are few fears, there are no blushes. The lewd inflame the lewd, the audacious harden the audacious.
Page 17 - ... and replevying and replevying, and he made a good living of trespassing cattle; there was always some tenant's pig, or horse, or cow, or calf, or goose trespassing, which was so great a gain to Sir Murtagh that he did not like to hear me talk of repairing fences. Then his heriots and...