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1822 edition. Excerpt: ...domestics of'lodging-houses, even though
the stranger should be fresh from the country, and in the newest
gloss of a suit made on purpose for the journey to London, by some
worshipful dignitary in the corporation of the borough nearest his
estate. His Lordship, on reaching the landing-place, flung the
drawing-room door carelessly open. Mordaunt at the moment was
writing, and being disturbed by the nonchalance of this intrusion,
raised his eyes hastily, and did not at the first glance recognize,
in the pale attenuated elegance of the man of fashion, the once
vigorous and handsome rival of his boldest exercises. In an
instant, however, he discovered who he was, and starting from his
seat, took the Earl warmly by the hands. His Lordship endured the
heartiness of the double shake for a few seconds with evident
pleasure, but ashamed to shew the sensibility that he felt, he
abruptly pulled his hands away, and shook his fingers, as if they
were tingling with the squeeze, saying, " I wish the gods had given
you dryads and fauns hoofs for hands; you have positively bruised
my fingers to jelly." The manner in which this was said, had a
cadence of affectation in it, which struck disagreeably on the ear
of Mordaunt, and he looked for a moment at the delicate complexion
and elegant emaciation of his friend, with a strong feeling of
disappointment and compassion; but his kinder disposition returned
'upon him, and he exclaimed, " Heavens Sandyford, what an altered
being " His Lordship, with a drolling coolness, in the same moment
examined Mordaunt curiously from head to foot, and with burlesque
gravity, said, " These muscles are the growth of nocturnal rest,
that hue is gathered from the morning sun, and that strength from
many a stubble field and mile of hill...
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