This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.
Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original
book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ... size if you counted in its
large bow window, and, though bare of furniture, was full of
miscellaneous objects connected with literature and art. Two
immense tobacco jars, with sealskin and india-rubber pouches in
profusion; half-a-dozen packs of cards not over clean; wax matches
everywhere, not excepting on the carpet; yesterday s Times, and
several copies of the Mayfair Keepsake, some of them with
illustrations not to be found in the originals; and a silver
tankard with a glass bottom. These were common to the two tenants
of the apartment; but on the table of each were the tools of their
respective trades; on the one, palettes, pencils, and paint-boxes;
on the other, pens (some gnawed to the quick in the agonies of
composition), Shelley, Keats, and a rhyming dictionary. On the
wall, some bookshelves pretty well filled, and a few unframed
sketches, full of freshness and vigour, redeemed this somewhat
Bohemian state of affairs.. Felspar, who had come home to console
the invalid, was not, as usual, at his work, but sitting with his
chair atilt and his arms at the back of his head, which was his
attitude of reflection. His eyes were fixed on his friend with a
certain tender gravity, evoked perhaps by the contemplation of the
process of inspiration. Look here, old fellow, he said presently;
you don t seem to get on very well with that left hand of yours.
Can t I write the thing out for you? Well; I was thinking of asking
you, but it seemed too like dictation. Felspar shut his eyes and
laughed to himself, as his custom was when greatly tickled. My dear
Vernon, he said, you have considerable humour; but, like Liston,
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