Titel: Hints and questions for the use of candidates, lower instruction English
Auteur: Hoog, W. de
Uitgave: Dordrecht: J.P. Revers, 1890 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 4878
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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numerous. He collected the rents of whole colonies of filthy streets
and alleys by the water-side, advanced money to the seamen and
petty oflicers of merchant vessels, had a share in the ventures of
divers mates of East Indiamen, smoked his smuggled cigars under
the very nose of the Custom House, and made appointments on
'Change with men in glazed hats and round jackets pretty well
every day. On the Surrey side of the river was a small rat-infested
dreaiy yard called „ Quilp's Wharf," in which were a little wooden
counting-house burrowing all awry in the dust as if it had fallen
from the clouds and ploughed into the ground; a few fragments of
rusty anchors ; several large iron rings; some piles of rotten wood;
and two or three heaps of old sheet copper, crumpled, cracked, and
battered. Daniel Quilp was a ship-breaker, yet to judge from
these appearances he must either have been a ship-breaker on a very
. small scale, or have broken his ships up very small indeed. Neither
did the place present any extraordinary aspect of life or activity, as
its only human occupant was an amphibious boy in a canvas suit,
whose sole change of occupation was from sitting on the head of a
pile and throwing stones into the mud when the tide was out, to
standing with his hands in his pockets gazing listlessly on the mo-
tion and on the bustle of the river at high-water.
The dwarfs lodging on Tower Hill comprised, besides the need-
ful accommodation for himself and Mrs. Quilp, a small sleeping-
closet for that lady's mother, who resided with the couple and
waged perpetual war with Daniel; of whom, notwithstanding, she
stood in no slight dread. Indeed, the ugly creature contrived by
some means or other—whether by his ugliness or his ferocity or his
natural cunning is no great matter—to impress with a wholesome
fear of his anger, most of those with whom he was brought into
daily contact and communication. Over nobody had he such com-
plete ascendency as Mrs. Quilp herself—a pretty, little, mild-
spoken, blue-eyed woman, who having allied herself in wedlock to
the dwarf in one of those strange infatuations of which examples
are by no means scarce, performed a sound practical penance for
her folly, every day of her life.