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The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh

William Makepeace Thackeray

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. . .nds; and as long as this sum lasted no woman could be more lovely or loving. But want began speedily to attack their little household; bakers' bills were unpaid; rent was due, and the reckless landlord gave no quarter; and, to crown the whole, her father, unnatural butcher! suddenly stopped the supplies of mutton-chops; and swore that his daughter, and the dauber; her husband, should have no more of his wares. At first they embraced tenderly, and, kissing and crying over their little infant, vowed to heaven that they would do without: but in the course of the evening Griskinissa grew peckish, and poor Simon pawned his best coat.

When this habit of pawning is discovered, it appears to the poor a kind of Eldorado. Gambouge and his wife were so delighted, that they, in the course of a month, made away with her gold chain, her great warming-pan, his best crimson plush inexpressibles, two wigs, a washhand basin and ewer, fire-irons, window-curtains, crockery, and ar. . . Read More

Community Reviews

An odd mix of anecdotes and stories, most of which aren't true. Silly stuff. Very little to do with Paris.

"I adore you, and all that sort of thing." Choice line fr
"Vanity Fair." This edition of "Paris" has satiric
drawings by aka Titmarsh. I had no idea WMT wanted to be
an artist. Sketches of G Sand, Versailles and other
fripperies are modest. There could be more tea in the pot.

The Paris Sketch Book is a collection of witty pieces written for various journals that shows Thackeray’s insight into both English and French character. His ability to perceive each culture with the eyes of both gives his artistic renderings a depth and stereophonic reverberation that a wholly outs