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The Pickwick Papers 82

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Martin Eden

The Pickwick Papers

The Sea Wolf

says he; vich he did, and then buttons up the money, and bows himself out. You wouldnt believe, sir, continued Sam, with a look of inexpressible impudence at his master, that on the wery day as he came down with them woters, his coach WAS upset on that ere wery spot, and evry man on em was turned into the canal. And got out again? inquired Mr. Pickwick hastily. Why, replied Sam very slowly, I rather think one old genlmn was missin; I know his hat was found, but I aint quite certain whether his head was in it or not. But what I look at is the hex-traordinary and wonderful coincidence, that arter what that genlmn said, my fathers coach should be upset in that wery place, and on that wery day! it is, no doubt, a very extraordinary circumstance indeed, said Mr. Pickwick. But brush my hat, Sam, for I hear Mr. Winkle calling me to breakfast. With these words Mr. Pickwick descended to the parlour, where he found breakfast laid, and the family already assembled. The meal was hastily despatched; each of the gentlemens hats was decorated with an enormous blue favour, made up by the fair hands of Mrs. Pott herself; and as Mr. Winkle had undertaken to escort that lady to a house-top, in the immediate vicinity of the hustings, Mr. Pickwick and Mr. Pott repaired alone to the Town Arms, from the back window of which, one of Mr. Slumkeys committee was addressing six small boys and one girl, whom he dignified, at every second sentence, with the imposing title of Men of Eatanswill, whereat the six small boys aforesaid cheered prodigiously. The stable-yard exhibited unequivocal symptoms of the glory and strength of the Eatanswill Blues. There was a regular army of blue flags, some with one handle, and some with two, exhibiting appropriate devices, in golden characters four feet high, and stout in proportion. There was a grand band of trumpets, bassoons, and drums, marshalled four abreast, and earning their money, if ever men did, especially the drum-beaters, who were very muscular. There were bodies of constables with blue staves, twenty committee-men with blue scarfs, and a mob of voters with blue cockades. There were electors on horseback and electors afoot. There was an open carriage-and-four, for the Honourable Samuel Slumkey; and there were four carriage-and- pair, for his friends and supporters; and the flags were rustling, and the band was playing, and the constables were swearing, and the twenty committee-men were squabbling, and the mob were shouting, and the horses were backing, and the post-boys perspiring; and everybody, and everything, then and there assembled, was for the special use, behoof, honour, and renown, of the Honourable Samuel Slumkey, of Slumkey Hall, one of the candidates for the representation of the borough of Eatanswill, in the Commons House of Parliament of the United Kingdom. Loud and long were the cheers, and mighty was the rustling of one of the blue flags, with Liberty of the Press inscribed thereon, when the sandy head of Mr. Pott was discerned in one of the windows, by the mob beneath; and tremendous was the enthusiasm when the Honourable Samuel Slumkey himself, in top-boots, and a blue neckerchief, advanced and seized the hand of the said Pott, and melodramatically testified by gestures to the crowd, his ineffaceable obligations to the Eatanswill GAZETTE. Is everything ready? said the Honourable Samuel Slumkey to Mr. Perker. Everything, my dear Sir, was the little mans reply. Nothing has been omitted, I hope? said the Honourable Samuel Slumkey. Nothing has been left undone, my dear sir--nothing whatever. There are twenty washed men at the street door for you to shake hands with; and six children in arms that youre to pat on the head, and inquire the age of; be particular about the children, my dear sir--it has always a great effect, that sort of thing. Ill take care, said the Honourable Samuel Slumkey. And, perhaps, my dear Sir, said the cautious little man, perhaps if you could--I dont mean to say its indispensable-- but if you could manage to kiss one of em, it would produce a very great impression on the crowd. Wouldnt it have as good an effect if the proposer or seconder did that? said the Honourable Samuel Slumkey. Why, I am afraid it wouldnt, replied the agent; if it were done by yourself, my dear Sir, I think it would make you very popular. Very well, said the Honourable Samuel Slumkey, with a resigned air, then it must be done. Thats all. Arrange the procession, cried the

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