Tales Of A Traveller, By Washington Irving

















































































































 -  He has anxiously endeavored to call
up a recollection of what he saw of that portly personage; and has
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He Has Anxiously Endeavored To Call Up A Recollection Of What He Saw Of That Portly Personage; And Has Ever Since Kept A Curious Eye On All Gentlemen Of More Than Ordinary Dimensions, Whom He Has Seen Getting Into Stage Coaches.

All in vain! The features he had caught a glimpse of seem common to the whole race of stout gentlemen; and the great unknown remains as great an unknown as ever.]

A HUNTING DINNER.

I was once at a hunting dinner, given by a worthy fox-hunting old Baronet, who kept Bachelor's Hall in jovial style, in an ancient rook-haunted family mansion, in one of the middle counties. He had been a devoted admirer of the fair sex in his young days; but having travelled much, studied the sex in various countries with distinguished success, and returned home profoundly instructed, as he supposed, in the ways of woman, and a perfect master of the art of pleasing, he had the mortification of being jilted by a little boarding school girl, who was scarcely versed in the accidence of love.

The Baronet was completely overcome by such an incredible defeat; retired from the world in disgust, put himself under the government of his housekeeper, and took to fox-hunting like a perfect Jehu. Whatever poets may say to the contrary, a man will grow out of love as he grows old; and a pack of fox hounds may chase out of his heart even the memory of a boarding-school goddess.

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