After continuing in chat with the party round the fire a few minutes, Miss Crawford returned to the party round the table; and standing by them, seemed to interest herself in their arrangements till, as if struck by a sudden recollection, she exclaimed, "My good friends, you are most composedly at work upon these cottages and alehouses
, inside and out; but pray let me know my fate in the meanwhile.
And the barber would go on to describe with sar- donic gusto, how that stranger in mourning had been seen exploring the country, in carts, on foot, taking everybody into his confidence, visiting all the inns and alehouses
for miles around, stopping people on the road with his questions, looking into the very ditches almost; first in the greatest excite- ment, then with a plodding sort of perseverance, growing slower and slower; and he could not even tell you plainly how his son looked.
In all respects there was a close resemblance to England: perhaps the alehouses
here were more numerous.
Pickle, in the parlour of our little village alehouse
Rolliver's inn, the single alehouse
at this end of the long and broken village, could only boast of an off-licence; hence, as nobody could legally drink on the premises, the amount of overt accommodation for consumers was strictly limited to a little board about six inches wide and two yards long, fixed to the garden palings by pieces of wire, so as to form a ledge.
Thou hearest, landlord; thou art not fit company for these holy men; go back to thine alehouse
To render these recollections the more vivid, it came on to snow as night set in; and, passing through Stamford and Grantham, and by the little alehouse
where he had heard the story of the bold Baron of Grogzwig, everything looked as if he had seen it but yesterday, and not even a flake of the white crust on the roofs had melted away.
They then separated; the gamekeeper returned home to Mr Western's, and Jones walked to an alehouse
at half a mile's distance, to wait for his messenger's return.
He was somewhat dashed in spirits, having passed a long day alone skulking in the county, and made but a poor meal in an alehouse
One evening I blindly obeyed his summons, and fetched a long circuit through the streets, but met with no purchase, and came home very weary and empty; but not content with that, I went out the next evening too, when going by an alehouse
I saw the door of a little room open, next the very street, and on the table a silver tankard, things much in use in public-houses at that time.
In point of cleanliness and comfort it would have suffered by no comparison with any English alehouse
, of a homely kind, in England.
Moreover they had Grip in company; and when they must otherwise have changed the guinea, it was but to make him exhibit outside an alehouse
door, or in a village street, or in the grounds or gardens of a mansion of the better sort, and scores who would have given nothing in charity, were ready to bargain for more amusement from the talking bird.