Rodney Stone - Doyle, Arthur Conan
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Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. THE HOPE OF ENGLAND. My uncle drove for some time in silence, but I was conscious that his eye was always coming round to me, and I had an uneasy conviction that he was already beginning to ask himself whether he could make anything of me, or whether he had been betrayed into an indiscretion when he had allowed his sister to persuade him to show her son something of the grand world in which he lived. "You sing, don't you, nephew ?" he asked, suddenly. "Yes, sir, a little." "A baritone, I should fancy?" "Yes, sir." "And your mother tells me that you play the fiddle.…mehr

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Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. THE HOPE OF ENGLAND. My uncle drove for some time in silence, but I was conscious that his eye was always coming round to me, and I had an uneasy conviction that he was already beginning to ask himself whether he could make anything of me, or whether he had been betrayed into an indiscretion when he had allowed his sister to persuade him to show her son something of the grand world in which he lived. "You sing, don't you, nephew ?" he asked, suddenly. "Yes, sir, a little." "A baritone, I should fancy?" "Yes, sir." "And your mother tells me that you play the fiddle. These things will be of service to you with the Prince. Music runs in his family. Your education has been what you could get at a village school. Well, you are not examined in Greek roots in polite society, which is lucky for some of us. It is as well just to have a tag or two of Horace or Virgil: 'sub tegmine fagi,' or 'habet fenum in coruu,' which gives a flavour to one's conversation like the touch of garlic in a salad. It is not bon ton to be learned, but it is a graceful thing to indicate that you have forgotten a good deal. Can you write verse?" "I fear not, sir." "A small book of rhymes may be had for half a crown. Vers de Societe are a great assistance to a young man. If you have the ladies on your side, it does not matter whom you have against you. You must learn to open a door, to enter a room, to present a snuff-box, raising the lid with the forefinger of the hand in which you hold it. You must acquire the bow for a man, with its necessary touch of dignity, and that for a lady, which cannot be too humble, and should still contain the least suspicion of abandon. You must cultivate a manner with women which shall be deprecating and yet audacious. Have you any eccentricity?" It made me laugh, the easy way in which he asked the question, as if it were a most natural thing to possess. "You have a pleasant, catching laugh, at all events," said he. "But an eccentricity...
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Books LLC, Reference Series
  • Seitenzahl: 84
  • Erscheinungstermin: 30. April 2013
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 246mm x 189mm x 4mm
  • Gewicht: 182g
  • ISBN-13: 9781458968036
  • ISBN-10: 1458968030
  • Artikelnr.: 27293008