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The Works of Charles Dickens: Little Dorrit, Part I

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Pages: 516

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. FELLOW TRAVELLERS. "No more of yesterday's howling, over yonder, to-day, sirj is there?" " I have heard none." " Then you may be sure there is none. When these people howl, they howl to be heard." "Most people do, I suppose." "AhI but these people are always howling. Never happy otherwise." " Do you mean the Marseilles people? " " I mean the French people. They're always at it. As to Marseilles, we know what Marseilles is. It sent the most insurrectionary tune into the world that was ever composed. It couldn't exist without allonging and marshoug- ing to something or other—victory or death, or blazes, or something." The speaker, with a whimsical good humour on him all the time, looked over the parapet-wall with the greatest disparagement of Marseilles: and taking up a determined position by putting his hands in his pockets, and rattling his money at it, apostrophised it with a short laugh. " Allong and marshong, indeed. It would be more creditable to you, I think, to let other people allong and marshong about their lawful business, instead of shutting 'em up in quarantine!" "Tiresome enough," said the other. "But we shall be out to-day." "Out to-day!" repeated the first. "It's almost an aggravation of the enormity, that we shall be out to-day. Out? What have we ever been in for? " "For no very strong reason, I must say. But as we come from the East, and as the East is the country of the plague—" "The plague!" repeated the other. "That's my grievance. I have had the plague continually, ever since I have been here. I am like a sane man shut up in a madhouse: I can't stand the suspicion of the thing. I came here aswell as ever I was in my life: but to suspect me of the plague is to give me the plague. And I have had it—and I have ...  


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