In a rather ill-favoured and ill-savoured neighbourhood, though one of its rising grounds bears the name of Mount Pleasant, the Elfin Smallweed, christened Bartholomew and known on the domestic hearth as Bart, passes that limited portion of his time on which the office and its contingencies have no claim.
"And where's Bart?" Grandfather Smallweed inquires of Judy, Bart's twin sister.
"That's such advice as your father would have given you, Bart. You never saw your father.
As thus: "If your father, Bart, had lived longer, he might have been worth a deal of money--you brimstone chatterer!--but just as he was beginning to build up the house that he had been making the foundations for, through many a year--you jade of a magpie, jackdaw, and poll-parrot, what do you mean!--he took ill and died of a low fever, always being a sparing and a spare man, fule been a good son, and I think I meant to have been one.
"But your father and me were partners, Bart," says the old gentleman, "and when I am gone, you and Judy will have all there is.
VISCOUNT GORING, his Son SIR ROBERT CHILTERN, Bart
., Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs VICOMTE DE NANJAC, Attache at the French Embassy in London MR.
`Nicolete' to Sir Marmaduke Pettigrew, Bart
., of Dultowers Hall, and the other the well-known marriage of Sylvia Joy .
A gentleman's visiting card informed him that his other caller was Sir Charles Somerfield, Bart
Sisters of his lordship, Lady Barville, married to Sir Theodore Barville, Bart
.; and Anne, widow of the late Peter Norbury, Esq., of Norbury Cross.
Naow, how in Jerusalem did Cap Bart Edwardes strike adrift here?"
A far-sighted Boston reporter slid away for a full copy of the epic and an interview with the author; so that earth had nothing more to offer Captain Bart Edwardes, ex-whaler, shipwright, master-fisherman, and poet, in the seventy-third year of his age.
Meanwhile, here I am, established at Blackwater Park, "the ancient and interesting seat" (as the county history obligingly informs me) "of Sir Percival Glyde, Bart
.," and the future abiding-place