Sheppard," said Jonathan, looking calmly on at this distressing scene, "Attend to me, and do not heed him. Near to these hopeful youths sat a fence, or receiver, bargaining with a clouter, or pickpocket, for a suit,—or, to speak in more intelligible language, a watch and seals, two cloaks, commonly called watch-cases, and a wedge-lobb, otherwise known as a silver snuff-box. We do not remember to have met with a single individual, reported to be under petticoat government, who was not content with his lot,—nay, who so far from repining, did not exult in his servitude; and we see no way of accounting for this apparently inexplicable conduct—for which, among other phenomena of married life, various reasons have been assigned, though none entirely satisfactory to us—except upon the ground that these domineering dames possess some charm sufficiently strong to counteract the irritating effect of their tempers; some secret and attractive quality of which the world at large is in ignorance, and with which their husbands alone can be supposed to be acquainted. Her sense of humour could not wholly resist his abnormal gravity. Getting back the ice was rather a serious affair. " "Aye!" was McClintock's inaudible affirmative. . He made his headquarters at the Victoria on the Sha-mien, and generally met the Hong-Kong packet in the morning. —The general who gives an order for wholesale carnage never sleeps a wink the less soundly for the midnight groans of his victims, and we should deride him as a coward if he did. That is where I first knew him. ‘Don’t even think of it,’ warned Gerald, in the voice generally reserved for his men. It’s a sort of home-leaving instinct. Now what I want you to feel is this.
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