The trade signs (and they were almost as many as the shops
) were, all, grim illustrations of Want.
They unlocked their shops
and locked them up again, and themselves carried goods away with the help their assistants.
In the thoroughfares where shops
abound, the sordid struggle with poverty shows itself unreservedly on the filthy pavement; gathers its forces through the week; and, strengthening to a tumult on Saturday night, sees the Sunday morning dawn in murky gaslight.
The time was nine o'clock of a November evening, and we were in a street of shops
that has not in twenty years decided whether to be genteel or frankly vulgar; here it minces in the fashion, but take a step onward and its tongue is in the cup of the ice-cream man.
A short time after we had opened our shops
, my eldest brother, one of these two dogs, resolved to travel in foreign countries for the sake of merchandise.
were first tried, but the shops
, in the autumn of 1830, offered indifferent resources for the seller.
Not, however, towards the 'shops
' where cunning artificers work in pearls and diamonds and gold and silver, making their hands so rich, that the enriched water in which they wash them is bought for the refiners;--not towards these does Mr Wegg stump, but towards the poorer shops
of small retail traders in commodities to eat and drink and keep folks warm, and of Italian frame-makers, and of barbers, and of brokers, and of dealers in dogs and singing-birds.
Thus interrupted, Miss Jellyby became silent and walked moodily on at my side while I admired the long successions and varieties of streets, the quantity of people already going to and fro, the number of vehicles passing and repassing, the busy preparations in the setting forth of shop
windows and the sweeping out of shops
, and the extraordinary creatures in rags secretly groping among the swept-out rubbish for pins and other refuse.
ONCE upon a time there was a village shop
. The name over the window was "Ginger and Pickles."
It has already been observed, that, in the basement story of the gable fronting on the street, an unworthy ancestor, nearly a century ago, had fitted up a shop
. Ever since the old gentleman retired from trade, and fell asleep under his coffin-lid, not only the shop-door, but the inner arrangements, had been suffered to remain unchanged; while the dust of ages gathered inch-deep over the shelves and counter, and partly filled an old pair of scales, as if it were of value enough to be weighed.
Of course, the upper room over the shop
was to be the best sitting-room; but also the parlour behind the shop
was to be made a suitable bower for the lovely Penny, who would naturally wish to be near her husband, though Mr.
However, when I was brought back by the mob to the mercer's shop
, the master of the house said freely that I was not the woman that was in his shop
, and would have let me go immediately; but another fellow said gravely, 'Pray stay till Mr.