By Wilkie Collins
A Rogue's existence is a picaresque novel that used to be written by means of Wilkie Collins and released in 1879. The publication facilities round the misadventures of Frank Softly, the son of a profitable physician, who refuses to keep on with in his father's footsteps. Wilkie Collins used to be a well-liked English author within the nineteenth century. Collins was once an in depth buddy of Charles Dickens and his books have been frequently featured in Dickens' journals all of the yr around and loved ones phrases. Collins' books nonetheless get pleasure from large acceptance, particularly secret and detective novels akin to the girl in White, The Moonstone, and Armadale.
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He gave me the only useful teaching I ever had; and if this should meet the eye of Gentleman Jones I hereby thank him for beginning and ending my education in two evenings, without costing me or my family a single farthing. CHAPTER III. To return to my business affairs. When I was comfortably settled in the prison, and knew exactly what I owed, I thought it my duty to my father to give him the first chance of getting me out. His answer to my letter contained a quotation from Shakespeare on the subject of thankless children, but no remittance of money.
The answer was a smart slap on the face. I instantly struck out in a state of fury--was stopped with great neatness--and received in return a blow on the head, which sent me down on the carpet half stunned, and too giddy to know the difference between the floor and the ceiling. "Sir," said Gentleman Jones, smoothing down his wristbands again, and addressing me blandly as I lay on the floor, "I have the honor to inform you that you have now received your first lesson in politeness. Always be civil to those who are civil to you.
When a man has no perceptible eyelids, and when his eyes globularly project so far out of his head, that you expect to have to pick them up for him whenever you see him lean forward, how are mortal fingers and bushes to diffuse the right complimentary expression over them? You must either do them the most hideous and complete justice, or give them up altogether. , was undoubtedly the most artful and uncompromising flatterer that ever smoothed out all the natural characteristic blemishes from a sitter's face; but even that accomplished parasite would have found Mr.
A Rogue's Life by Wilkie Collins