Promise me to let this come back to its own beautiful colour," I had said, as I nodded to a little phial labelled "Peroxide of Hydrogen" on her mantelshelf
Guppy affects to smile, and with the view of changing the conversation, looks with an admiration, real or pretended, round the room at the Galaxy Gallery of British Beauty, terminating his survey with the portrait of Lady Dedlock over the mantelshelf
, in which she is represented on a terrace, with a pedestal upon the terrace, and a vase upon the pedestal, and her shawl upon the vase, and a prodigious piece of fur upon the shawl, and her arm on the prodigious piece of fur, and a bracelet on her arm.
Joe put clean white curtains up, and tacked a new flowered-flounce across the wide chimney to replace the old one, and uncovered the little state parlour across the passage, which was never uncovered at any other time, but passed the rest of the year in a cool haze of silver paper, which even extended to the four little white crockery poodles on the mantelshelf
, each with a black nose and a basket of flowers in his mouth, and each the counterpart of the other.
The banker stood leaning against the mantelshelf
, which was draped with an old embroidery held in place by brass candelabra containing church candies of yellowish wax.
Of the walls, one was occupied by the window, the other by a draped mantelshelf
bristling with Cupids.
There was an old standish on the mantelshelf
containing a dusty apology for all three.
In a frying-pan, which was on the fire, and which was secured to the mantelshelf
by a string, some sausages were cooking; and standing over them, with a toasting-fork in his hand, was a very old shrivelled Jew, whose villainous-looking and repulsive face was obscured by a quantity of matted red hair.