Nor was she entitled to complain of any remarkable singularity in her fate; for, in the town of her nativity, we might point to several little shops
of a similar description, some of them in houses as ancient as that of the Seven Gables; and one or two, it may be, where a decayed gentlewoman stands behind the counter, as grim an image of family pride as Miss Hepzibah Pyncheon herself.
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.
In fact, although it was such a small shop
it sold nearly everything --except a few things that you want in a hurry--like bootlaces, hair-pins and mutton chops.
was a corner shop
, better than most others in its appearance and degree, and the master of the wine-shop
had stood outside it, in a yellow waistcoat and green breeches, looking on at the struggle for the lost wine.
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.
They had called a constable, and he stood in the shop
as my jailer; and in talking with the constable I inquired where he lived, and what trade he was; the man not apprehending in the least what happened afterwards, readily told me his name, and trade, and where he lived; and told me as a jest, that I might be sure to hear of his name when I came to the Old Bailey.