'Never Too Late to Mend;' 'Love Me Little, Love Me Long;' 'Christie Johnstone;' 'Peg Woffington;' and then, later, 'Hard Cash
,' 'The Cloister and the Hearth,'
We had one or two high, influential friends there, and many others humble but valuable because bought for good hard cash
. We were in no danger of being molested; indeed, the important information reached us promptly by the hands of a Custom-house officer, who came on board full of showy zeal to poke an iron rod into the layer of oranges which made the visible part of our cargo in the hatchway.
He required hard cash
in return for some corn with which he supplied the worthy captain, and left the latter at a loss which most to admire, his native chivalry as a brave, or his acquired adroitness as a trader.
"One would bargain for peace against hard cash
if these fellows weren't always ready to snatch at one's very soul with the other hand.
On this twenty-fifth of March, it was John Willet's pride annually to settle, in hard cash
, his account with a certain vintner and distiller in the city of London; to give into whose hands a canvas bag containing its exact amount, and not a penny more or less, was the end and object of a journey for Joe, so surely as the year and day came round.
"That-all represents ten million twenty-seven thousand and forty-two dollars and sixty-eight cents, hard cash
. Ain't it good for anything here?"
His 'Hard Cash
' (1863), which attacks private insane asylums, is powerful; but his most important work is 'The Cloister and the Hearth' (1861), one of the most informing and vivid of all historical novels, with the father of Erasmus for its hero.
Talents and accomplishments that can't be turned into money, let Count Dirlos have them; but when such gifts fall to one that has hard cash
, I wish my condition of life was as becoming as they are.
It was never offered to us--so much liberty for so much hard cash
. You shrink from the idea of revolutionary action for those you think well of as if it were something--how shall I say it--not quite decent."
It was perfectly true that I could not afford to go on with my rooms at a fancy price and that I had already devoted to my undertaking almost all the hard cash
I had set apart for it.
Fred felt sure that he should have a present from his uncle, that he should have a run of luck, that by dint of "swapping" he should gradually metamorphose a horse worth forty pounds into a horse that would fetch a hundred at any moment--"judgment" being always equivalent to an unspecified sum in hard cash
. And in any case, even supposing negations which only a morbid distrust could imagine, Fred had always (at that time) his father's pocket as a last resource, so that his assets of hopefulness had a sort of gorgeous superfluity about them.
It was a sight to see the professionals bowling like demons for the hard cash
, for whenever a stump was hit a pound was tossed to the bowler and another balanced in its stead, while one man took #3 with a ball that spreadeagled the wicket.