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The guests think " they have seen him before." Every one speculateth upon his
condition ; and the most part take him to be — a tide-waiter. He calleth you by
your Chris- tian name, to imply that his other is the same POOR RELATIONS. 11.
He is a worse guest than a country tenant, inasmuch as he bringeth up no rent —
yet 'tis odds, from his garb and demeanour, that your guests take him for one. He
is asked to make one at the whist table; refuseth on the score of poverty, and ...
Coming in to an inn at night — having ordered your supper — what can be more
delightful than to find lying in the window-seat, left there time out of mind by the
carelessness of some former guest — two or three numbers of the old Town and
None but his guest or guests dreamed of tasting flesh luxuries at night, the
fragments were verd hospitibus sacra. But of one thing or another there was
always enough, and leavings : only he would sometimes finish the remainder
... guests. It was a part of his largess, his hospitality ; it was going over his
grounds; he was lord for the time of showing them, and you the implicit lookers-
up to his magnificence. He was a juggler, who threw mists before your eyes —
you had ...
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Oh, my, these are hilarious! A collection of essays by Lamb's imaginary friend, an eclectic, off-beat and highly opinionated persona. The preface, bemoaning the death of the imaginary friend while ... Read full review