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The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush

William Makepeace Thackeray

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Duke of Doncaster! Come, come, Mr. Deuceace, don't you be running your rigs upon me; I ain't the man to be bamboozl'd by long-winded stories about dukes and duchesses. You think I don't know you; every man knows you and your line of country. Yes, you're after young Dawkins there, and think to pluck him; but you shan't,—no, by —— you shan't." (The reader must recklect that the oaths which interspussed Mr. B.'s convysation I have left out.) Well, after he'd fired a wolley of 'em, Mr. Deuceace spoke as cool as possbill.

"Hark ye, Blewitt. I know you to be one of the most infernal thieves and scoundrels unhung. If you attempt to hector with me, I will cane you; if you want more, I'll shoot you; if you meddle between me and Dawkins, I will do both. I know your whole life, you miserable swindler and coward. I know you have already won two hundred pounds of this lad, and want all. I will have half, or you never shall have a penny." It's quite true th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I thought I would start Thackeray at the beginning and see how it goes: so far, so good. As a collection of magazine pieces, it was a bit uneven, but the main sequence was very enjoyable. The last section lost my interest slightly, but was probably more topical when the paper was printed. Normally,

This is a book of two halves. The first part I thoroughly enjoyed - it is a fictional account of a footman in the service of his thoroughly disreputable masters. It is fascinating and often hilarious. Then, the second half is basically spoof literary criticism, written in the same "uneducated" style

I liked the parts concerning Dueceace but found the language a bit trying and sometimes over-the-top. The ending bit about the play review was a chore to get through. It's definitely not as good as Vanity Fair!