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THE PICKWICK PAPERS

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desert the nail and sarspan *) business, as he got his money by."

This allusion to the professional pursuits of the orator was received with a storm of delight, which, with a bell accompaniment, rendered the remainder of his speech inaudible, with the exception of the concluding sentence, in which he thanked the meeting for the patiënt attention with which they had heard him throughout—an expression of gratitude which elicited another burst of mirth, of about a quarter of an hour's duration.

Next, a tall, thin gentleman, in a very stiff white neckerchief, after being repeatedly desired by the crowd to "send a boy home to ask whether he hadn't left his woice under the pillow," begged to nominate a fit and proper person to represent them in Parliament. And when he said it was Horatio Fizkin, Esquire, of Fizkin Lodge, near Eatanswill, the Fizkinites applauded, and the Slumkeyites groaned, so long and so loudly that both he and the seconder might have sung comic songs in lieu of speaking without anybody's being a bit the wiser.

The friends of Horatio Fizkin, Esquire, having had their innings2), a little choleric, pink-faced, man stood forward to propose another fit and proper person to represent the electors of Eatanswill in Parliament; and very swimmingly the pinkfaced gentleman would have got on, if he had not been rather too choleric to entertain a sufficiënt perception of the fun of the crowd. But after a very few sentences'of figurative eloquence, the pink-faced gentleman got from denouncing3) those who interrupted him in the mob to exchanging defiances with the gentlemen on the hustings; whereupon arose an uproar which

1. sarspan [saspaen] for saucepan: metal vessel with a long handle for boiling things in the kitchen.

2. innings: play of a batman at cricket as long as his turn lasts.

3. to denounce: to speak violently against.

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