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The Rogue

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Pages: 146

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

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

By: William Edward Norris

Excerpt from book: to you : but I make no promise, and I shan't interfere openly, unless I'm obliged. Meanwhile, you might as well put these prospectuses in your pocket, and glance over them at your leisure. You will find that all the institutions to which they relate are in want of support and worthy of it." So, for the second time that day a gentleman left Ladbroke Square with an empty purse. For Algy, while consenting to take away the papers and peruse them, declared himself persuaded in advance that any charity advocated by Mrs. Worsley must have claims which it would be wrong to ignore. CHAPTER XXXIII. MRS. S T I M S O N. Satan, who, according to Dr. Watts, is ever ready to find evil work for idle hands, does not, it must be assumed, altogether neglect the active and industrious on that account. All roads lead to Rome : and if a man's destination be the gallows, he may, no doubt, reach it as surely and speedily by exerting himself as by sitting still. Tom Heywood, among whose many failings sloth could not be included, would have found life in London intolerably tedious had he been unable to employ himself otherwise than in visiting his not very numerous -friends, and waiting patiently until such time as it should please Mr. Fisher to return from abroad and start a mineral oil company. Every morning, therefore, he walked or drove merrily into the City, and every morning the devil, who accompanied him, pointed out to him what a perfect fool he must be to leave four thousand pounds lying idle and unproductive at his bankers'. Such behavior, the devil urged, was not only foolish, butscarcely even honest: for the sum in question, though nominally awaiting investment, had been expressly recommended by its possessor for investments of a speculative character : in other words, it was Tom...  


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