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Men's Wives

William Makepeace Thackeray

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. . .Looking from his chambers on the other side of the street, that inevitable Mr. Walker saw the tailor issuing from the perfumer's shop, and was at no loss to guess that something extraordinary must be in progress when two such bitter enemies met together.


It is very easy to state how the Captain came to take up that proud position at the "Bootjack" which we have seen him occupy on the evening when the sound of the fatal "Brava!" so astonished Mr. Eglantine.

The mere entry into the establishment was, of course, not difficult. Any person by simply uttering the words "A pint of beer," was free of the "Bootjack;" and it was some such watchword that Howard Walker employed when he made his first appearance. He requested to be shown into a parlour, where he might repose himself for a while, and was ushered into that very sanctum where the "Kidney Club" met. Then he st. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Clever, funny, telling.

Three satirical advertisements for bachelorhood by Thackeray (who was himself a pretty good advertisement for spinsterhood).

'The Ravenswing' is Morgiana Crump, 'a tulip among women, and the tulip fanciers all came flocking round her,' basically a Victorian dolly bird, beset by two unlikely suitors u

Very dense, and this edition in special has many mispelling mistakes.

One of Thackery's lesser known works, and I can see why, but still an enjoyable read.

Just found this hard going