Coaching Days and Coaching Ways

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Page 154 - My lot might have been that of a slave, a savage, or a peasant ; nor can I reflect without pleasure on the bounty of Nature, which cast my birth in a free and civilized country, in an age of science and philosophy, in a family of honourable rank, and decently endowed with the gifts of fortune.
Page 374 - ... should be easy; in the nature of things it cannot be: there must always be some degree of care and anxiety. The master of the house is anxious to entertain his guests; the guests are anxious to be agreeable to him; and no man, but a very impudent dog indeed, can as freely command what is in another man's house, as if it were his own. Whereas, at a tavern, there is a general freedom from anxiety. You are sure...
Page 109 - Artist of the Comet experienced a high treat. He had a full view of his quondam passenger, and thus described his situation. He was seated with his back to the horses — his arms extended to each extremity of the guard-irons — his teeth set grim as death — his eyes cast down towards the ground, thinking the less he saw of his danger the better.
Page 31 - I've never seen you ; Pray unmask, your visage show, Then I'll tell you aye or no. I will not my face uncover Till the marriage ties are over ; Therefore, choose you which you will, Wed me, sir, or try your skill. Step within that pleasant bower, With your friend one single hour...
Page 107 - At the appointed time, the Regulator appears at the door. It is a strong, wellbuilt drag, painted what is called chocolate colour, bedaubed all over with gilt letters — a bull's head on the doors, a Saracen's head on the hind boot, and drawn by four strapping horses ; but it wants the neatness of the other. The passengers may be, by a shade or two, of a lower order than those who had gone forward...
Page 87 - I took out a pistol from my coat-pocket, and from my breeches-pocket a five-shilling piece and a dollar. I held the pistol concealed in one hand and the money in the other. I held the money pretty hard: he said, 'Put it in my hat.
Page 31 - Calcott the Bath Road runs through Theale, where on the Old Angel inn the traveller's eyes at least may be feasted. And in this neighbourhood, the memory of Pope once more adds lustre to the way. For at Ufton Nervet lived Arabella Fermor, the Belinda of The Rape of the Lock.
Page 37 - I see the travellers on the Bath Road smacking their lips over the Pelican dinners, and losing their colour over the Pelican bill, each equally notorious at that great house. " The famous inn in Speenhamland That stands below The hill, May well be called the Pelican From its enormous bill,'
Page 103 - Change horses, sir!" says the proprietor ; " why we changed them whilst you were putting on your spectacles, and looking at your watch. Only one minute allowed for it at Hounslow, and it is often done in fifty seconds by those nimblefingered horse-keepers.
Page 28 - My lord,' said the laughing monarch, ' presently deposit your hundred pieces of gold, or else no going hence all the days of your life. I have been the physician to cure your " squeazie stomach ; " and now, as I deserve, demand my fee for so doing.

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