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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 Excerpt: ...had been given. Three or four pigs entered the kitchen, and approaching the table with a very knowing and privileged air, appeared to demand a portion of the good things that were so abundant. These again were followed by hens, ducks, turkeys, geese, all of which seemed as well acquainted, from habit and indulgence, with the hour of meals as did any one of the family. It was in vain to try to drive them out. When repulsed directly from the table, they roved through the kitchen, poking their heads or noses experimentally into the vessels about the dresser, overturning some and shivering others, if they happened to meet with crockery, and uttering at the same time such a variety of noises as constituted but a very indifferent orchestra for the amusement of those who were at dinner. Habit, however, appeared to have rendered this a second nature to the family, who, provided they kept them immediately from the table, hindered them no further. We need not assure the reader that neither Nancy nor her friends evinced any very extraordinary feats of gastronimic prowess on the present occasion. The truth is, she could scarcely believe her eyes, for although she had frequently witnessed every thing she saw here before, yet it was in the houses of the poorest and the humblest people, where, however reprehensible it might be, still it was not so extraordinary. Her amazement, however, could not be expressed on finding that the family and domestic residence of a man who held a hundred and thirty acres at almost a nominal rent, should be so far back in all that constitutes the comforts and decencies of life. It is true she had heard of their slovenly way of living, but it never entered her head that she should find matters in such a woful plight as that in which she witnes...
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