Gleanings From The Past #38


Irish Speak

An Irishman, being ask’d if he understood French? Reply’d, “Yes, Joy, I understand French perfectly well, provided it’s spoken in Irish.”

— Xavier Méfret, French and English Self-taught, 1882


Omission to do what is necessary
Seals a commission to a blank of danger:
And danger, like an ague, subtly taints
Even then when we sit idly in the sun.

— William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act 3. Scene 3, c. 1602

Two Halves

Old Mr. Grove, the table-decker at St. James’s, used, as long as he was able, to walk round the Park every day. Dr. Barnard, then a Chaplain, met him accidentally in the Mall. “So, Master Grove,” said he, “why you look vastly well. Do you continue to take your usual walk?” “No, Sir,” replied the old man;” I cannot do so much now; I cannot get round the Park: but I will tell you what I do instead — I go half round, and back.”

— Laetitia Matilda Hawkins, Memoirs, Anecdotes, Facts, and Opinions, Vol. 1, 1824

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