The Book of Snobs

Punch Office, 1848 - 180 Seiten

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Nutzerbericht  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

This is a delightful find. A collection of essays from Punch in which Thackeray pokes fun at much of his world. The final chapter/instalment explicitly sets out the author's view - that it is an ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Review: The Book of Snobs

Nutzerbericht  - Casnewydd Hydra - Goodreads

dated vocab. and situations, but spot on with respect to snobs. the resonance with today is striking. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Seite 7 - Diddloff is a dandy who would die of a rose in aromatic pain : he had tried to have me assassinated three times in the course of the negotiation ; but of course we were friends in public, and saluted each other in the most cordial and charming manner. The Galeongee is — or was, alas ! for a bowstring has done for him — a stanch supporter of the old school of Turkish politics.
Seite 180 - You, who despise your neighbour, are a Snob ; you, who forget your own friends, meanly to follow after those of a higher degree, are a Snob ; you, who are ashamed of your poverty, and blush for your calling, are a Snob; as are you who boast of your pedigree, or are proud of your wealth. To laugh at such is Mr. Punch's business. May he laugh honestly, hit no foul blow, and tell the truth when at his very broadest grin — never forgetting that if Fun is good, Truth is still better, and Love best of...
Seite 11 - Is it to be honest, to be gentle, to be generous, to be brave, to be wise, and, possessing all these qualities, to exercise them in the most graceful outward manner...
Seite 29 - This gentleman is a representative of one of the most ancient families of Wales, who trace their descent until it is lost in the mists of antiquity. A genealogical tree beginning with Shem is in the possession of the family, and is stated by a legend of many thousand years' date to have been drawn on papyrus by a grandson of the patriarch himself.
Seite 34 - I like to see such. I am of a savage and envious nature, — I like to see these two humbugs which, dividing, as they do, the social empire of this kingdom between them, hate each other naturally — making truce and uniting — for the sordid interests of either.
Seite 179 - If ever our cousins, the Smigsmags, asked me to meet Lord Longears, I would like to take an opportunity after dinner and say, in the most good-natured way in the world :—Sir, Fortune makes you a present of a number of thousand pounds every year. The ineffable wisdom of our ancestors has placed you as a chief and hereditary legislator o\ er me.
Seite 179 - Laws ; we would make a stand against the Reform Bill ; we would die rather than repeal the acts against Catholics and Dissenters ; we would, by our noble system of class-legislation, bring Ireland to its present admirable condition.
Seite 42 - Lieutenant in the Bungay Militia. There is the Lady-killing Military Snob ; and more, who need not be named. But let no man, we repeat, charge Mr. Punch with disrespect for the Army in general — that gallant and judicious Army, every man of which, from FM the Duke of Wellington...

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