The way of all flesh
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The way of all flesh

By Samuel Butler
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This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Mrs. Pontifex had no sense of humour, at least I can call to mind no signs of this, but her husband had plenty of fun in him, though few would have guessed it from his appearance. I remember my father once sent me down to his workshop to get some glue, and I happened to come when old Pontifex was in the act of scolding his boy. He had got the lad?a pudding-headed fellow?by the ear and was saying, "What ? Lost again?smothered o' wit." (I believe it was the boy who was himself supposed to be a wandering soul, and who was thus addressed as lost.) "Now, look here, my lad," he continued, "some boys are born stupid, and thou art one of them; some achieve stupidity?that's thee again, Jim? thou wast both born stupid and hast greatly increased thy birthright?and some" (and here came a climax during which the boy's head and ear were swayed from side to side) "have stupidity thrust upon them, which, if it please the Lord, shall not be thy case, my lad, for I will thrust stupidity from thee, though I have to box thine ears in doing so," ut I did not see that the old man really did box Jim's ears, or do more than pretend to frighten him, for the two understood one another perfectly well. Another time I remember hearing him call the village ratcatcher by saying, "Come hither, thou three-days-and- three-nights, thou," alluding, as I afterwards learned, to the rat-catcher's periods of intoxication; but I will tell no more of such trifles. My father's face would always brighten when old Pontifex's name was mentioned. "I tell you, Edward," he would say to me, "old Pontifex was not only an able man, but he was one of the very ablest men that ever I knew." This was more than I as a young man was prepared to stand. "My dear father," I answered, "what did he do? He could draw a little, but could he...

Table of Contents
  • The Way of All Flesh, by Samuel Butler
  • THE WAY OF ALL FLESH
    • PREFACE
    • CHAPTER I
    • CHAPTER II
    • CHAPTER III
    • CHAPTER IV
    • CHAPTER V
    • CHAPTER VI
    • CHAPTER VII
    • CHAPTER VIII
    • CHAPTER IX
    • CHAPTER X
    • CHAPTER XI
    • CHAPTER XII
    • CHAPTER XIII
    • CHAPTER XIV
    • CHAPTER XV
    • CHAPTER XVI
    • CHAPTER XVII
    • CHAPTER XVIII
    • CHAPTER XIX
    • CHAPTER XX
    • CHAPTER XXI
    • CHAPTER XXII
    • CHAPTER XXIII
    • CHAPTER XXIV
    • CHAPTER XXV
    • CHAPTER XXVI
    • CHAPTER XXVII
    • CHAPTER XXVIII
    • CHAPTER XXIX
    • CHAPTER XXX
    • CHAPTER XXXI
    • CHAPTER XXXII
    • CHAPTER XXXIII
    • CHAPTER XXXIV
    • CHAPTER XXXV
    • CHAPTER XXXVI
    • CHAPTER XXXVII
    • CHAPTER XXXVIII
    • CHAPTER XXXIX
    • CHAPTER XL
    • CHAPTER XLI
    • CHAPTER XLII
    • CHAPTER XLIII
    • CHAPTER XLIV
    • CHAPTER XLV
    • CHAPTER XLVI
    • CHAPTER XLVII
    • CHAPTER XLVIII
    • CHAPTER XLIX
    • CHAPTER L
    • CHAPTER LI
    • CHAPTER LII
    • CHAPTER LIII
    • CHAPTER LIV
    • CHAPTER LV
    • CHAPTER LVI
    • CHAPTER LVII
    • CHAPTER LVIII
    • CHAPTER LIX
    • CHAPTER LX
    • CHAPTER LXI
    • CHAPTER LXII
    • CHAPTER LXIII
    • CHAPTER LXIV
    • CHAPTER LXV
    • CHAPTER LXVI
    • CHAPTER LXVII
    • CHAPTER LXVIII
    • CHAPTER LXIX
    • CHAPTER LXX
    • CHAPTER LXXI
    • CHAPTER LXXII
    • CHAPTER LXXIII
    • CHAPTER LXXIV
    • CHAPTER LXXV
    • CHAPTER LXXVI
    • CHAPTER LXXVII
    • CHAPTER LXXVIII
    • CHAPTER LXXIX
    • CHAPTER LXXX
    • CHAPTER LXXXI
    • CHAPTER LXXXII
    • CHAPTER LXXXIII
    • CHAPTER LXXXIV
    • CHAPTER LXXXV
    • CHAPTER LXXXVI
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