THE People being dissatisfied with a Democratic Legislature, which stole no more than they had, elected a Republican one, which not only stole all they had but exacted a promissory
note for the balance due, secured by a mortgage upon their hope of death.
For however eagerly and impetuously the savage crew had hailed the announcement of his quest; yet all sailors of all sorts are more or less capricious and unreliable --they live in the varying outer weather, and they inhale its fickleness --and when retained for any object remote and blank in the pursuit, however promissory
of life and passion in the end, it is above all things requisite that temporary interests and employment should intervene and hold them healthily suspended for the final dash.
But once the countess called her son and informed him that she had a promissory
note from Anna Mikhaylovna for two thousand rubles, and asked him what he thought of doing with it.
Godfrey a present of certain promissory
notes of his (relating to former dealings) which were then in the money-lender's possession.
Then he recalled the scandal with a sharper, to whom he had lost money, and given a promissory
note, and against whom he had himself lodged a complaint, asserting that he had cheated him.
Moss, the Colonel, then a bachelor, had been liberated by the generosity of his aunt; on the second mishap, little Becky, with the greatest spirit and kindness, had borrowed a sum of money from Lord Southdown and had coaxed her husband's creditor (who was her shawl, velvet-gown, lace pocket-handkerchief, trinket, and gim-crack purveyor, indeed) to take a portion of the sum claimed and Rawdon's promissory
note for the remainder: so on both these occasions the capture and release had been conducted with the utmost gallantry on all sides, and Moss and the Colonel were therefore on the very best of terms.
'No,' said Fledgeby; 'provided you have brought my promissory
note in your pocket, and now hand it over.'
'The attorney cast a still more anxious look at the packet; and his visitor, untying the string that bound it, disclosed a quantity of promissory
notes, with copies of deeds, and other documents.
Glegg her loan of five hundred pounds, it naturally occurred to him that he had a promissory
note for three hundred pounds lent to his brother-in-law Moss; and if the said brother-in-law could manage to pay in the money within a given time, it would go far to lessen the fallacious air of inconvenience which Mr.
Micawber, 'have I enjoyed a higher degree of satisfaction than in pouring my griefs (if I may describe difficulties, chiefly arising out of warrants of attorney and promissory
notes at two and four months, by that word) into the bosom of my friend Copperfield.'
For howsoever bad the devil can be in fustian or smock-frock (and he can be very bad in both), he is a more designing, callous, and intolerable devil when he sticks a pin in his shirt-front, calls himself a gentleman, backs a card or colour, plays a game or so of billiards, and knows a little about bills and promissory
notes than in any other form he wears.
Have you never remarked that, under circumstances such as these, old maids become, like Richard III., keen-witted, fierce, bold, promissory
,--if one may so use the word,--and, like inebriate clerks, no longer in awe of anything?