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1870 Excerpt: ...a crying shame, and sarcastically remarked, that "
the amount of admiration the trinkets would receive among the dead
where they were laid, would not be much." The cupiditive spirit
being, in general, very strong in human nature, especially in large
towns, where the want of money is usually considered one of the
greatest evils that can befal mankind, the lamentable condition of
the rings, with many, became greater objects of regret than even
the loss of the good Mrs. Chaloner herself. Among the mourners
there was one man in particular who knew all about the jewels, who
was really as honest a man as any other in the parish, but whose
poverty, just at the time of the death of Mrs. Chaloner, was
bearing upon him with unwonted severity. This person was called
Thomas Taffata, who held the sextonship of the church of St. Giles,
and who, poor as he was, was yet a person of some importance in the
estimation of those who were poorer than himself, as he was of
official dignity in the eyes of many of the boys and girls who
converted the churchyard into their play-ground, when weather and
opportunity were propitious to such a frequently-coveted pleasure.
CHAPTER II. "Extremity is the trier of spirits." Shakespeare.
Thomas Taffata had been married for several years, and had, for a
considerable time, been out of regular employment; whilst a
rapidlyincreasing family was grinding him down into the very dust.
He had two sweet little children, the elder being hardly over two
years old; whilst he was in hourly expectation of having a third
added to their number. Although his affection for his wife was as
perfect as human nature will permit it to be, this event was not
viewed by him as a subject for exultation, seeing that his
household was by no means in s...
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