By Susanna Moodie; Carl Ballstadt
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But the refined habits in which you have been brought up, and your unfortunate literary propensities−−(I say unfortunate, because you will seldom meet people in a colony who can or will sympathise with you in these pursuits)−−they will make you an object of mistrust and envy to those who cannot appreciate them, and will be a source of constant mortification and disappointment to yourself. Thank God! I have no literary propensities; but in spite of the latter advantage, in all probability I shall make no exertion at all; so that your energy, damped by disgust and disappointment, and my laziness, will end in the same thing, and we shall both return like bad pennies to our native shores.
In the middle of dinner, the company was disturbed by the entrance of a person who had the appearance of a gentleman, but who was evidently much flustered with drinking. He thrust his chair in between two gentlemen who sat near the head of the table, and in a loud voice demanded fish. " said the obsequious waiter, a great favourite with all persons who frequented the hotel; "there is no fish, sir. " "I'll see what I can do, sir," said the obliging Tim, hurrying out. Tom Wilson was at the head of the table, carving a roast pig, and was in the act of helping a lady, when the rude fellow thrust his fork into the pig, calling out as he did so−− "Hold, sir!
Mr. C−−− must have been very eloquent, Mr. " "Perhaps he was," returned Tom, after a pause of some minutes, during which he seemed to be groping for words in the salt−cellar, having deliberately turned out its contents upon the tablecloth. " "It was the substance, after all," said Moodie, laughing; "and his audience seemed to think so, by the attention they paid to it during the discussion. " "What! I−−I−−I−−I give an account of the lecture? " "Well, and so I did; but when the fellow pulled out his pamphlet, and said that it contained the substance of his lecture, and would only cost a shilling, I thought that it was better to secure the substance than endeavour to catch the shadow−−so I bought the book, and spared myself the pain of listening to the oratory of the writer.