It is true that an observer, under that softening influence of the fine arts which makes other people's hardships picturesque, might have been delighted with this homestead called Freeman's End: the old house had dormer-windows in the dark red roof, two of the chimneys were choked with ivy, the large porch was blocked up with bundles of sticks, and half the windows were closed with gray worm-eaten shutters about which the jasmine-boughs grew in wild luxuriance; the mouldering garden wall with hollyhocks peeping over it was a perfect study of highly mingled subdued color, and there was an aged goat (kept doubtless on interesting superstitious grounds) lying against the open back-kitchen door.
Dagley's words were loud enough to summon his wife to the back-kitchen door--the only entrance ever used, and one always open except in bad weather--and Mr.
We imitated the Vintage-processes of Nature in a back-kitchen
at Brompton, and produced a dinner-sherry, pale and curious, tonic in character, round in the mouth, a favorite with the Court of Spain, at nineteen-and-sixpence a dozen, bottles included -- Vide Prospectus of the period.
If I add that Penelope ended her part of the morning's work by being sick in the back-kitchen
, it is in no unfriendly spirit towards the vehicle.
I descended cautiously to the lower regions, and landed in the back-kitchen
, where a gleam of fire, raked compactly together, enabled me to rekindle my candle.
So they let him practise in the day-time, in the back-kitchen
with all the doors shut; but his more successful passages could generally be heard in the sitting-room, in spite of these precautions, and would affect his mother almost to tears.
When he saw his face, he started to laugh so loud that Jack's mother came in from the back-kitchen