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A Woman's Reputation

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Pages: 102

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Oswald Crawfurd

Excerpt from book: confidential valet and general law and theatrical adviser: and I, sir, acceded thereto, some two and a half or, by'r Lady, some three years ago." Cocker was wont to support his imaginary claim to this double ofiice of trust and responsibility by the occasional use of various law terms and the citation of some of the shorter maxims of the law, interspersed with quotations and phrases from the Shakespearean drama, more or less apposite. To Giles Guffin the man's fluent learning and occasional eloquence seemed marvellous, and he was delighted, too, to observe that these high qualities in his new acquaintance were not marred by any kind of pride: for while he lavishly cast about his gems of thought and experience, he was easy and companionable to a degree, and condescended to a light and vernacular mannerand mode of speech quite within the countryman's scope. Guffin saw that he was making a most valuable and delightful acquaintance. He let Mr. Cocker see how pleased he was. " Bless my heart!" he cried, " there's an adventurous life! And me never to soar no higher than extra kennel-man and running huntsman to Sir George Gooderich! And to think you've been at the London Theaytre. Maybe you've heard tell of Miss Templeton ? " It was Cocker's turn to be astonished. He put down the mug which he was raising to his lips, and stared at his companion for a minute or two in perfect silence. " What 1" he cried: " come now, put a name to that young lady again." "Miss Templeton, Mr. Cocker, was the name I used. Might you have heard tell of her?" Cocker slowly nodded his head two or three times without answering, then he tookup his ale mug again and swallowed the whole remaining contents at a draught, looked cautiously round the kitchen, stared fixedly at Guffin for a minute or...  

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