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Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 431 Volume 17, New Series, April 3, 1852   By: (1802-1871)

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Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 431 Volume 17, New Series, April 3, 1852 is a collection of diverse and engaging essays, stories, and articles that offer a fascinating glimpse into the social, cultural, and political landscape of mid-19th-century Britain.

The writing is vivid and evocative, transporting readers to a bygone era and immersing them in the various topics discussed. From descriptions of rural life to discussions on important historical events, the journal covers a wide range of subjects with depth and insight.

One of the standout pieces in this volume is a gripping short story that delves into the complexities of human nature and relationships, showcasing Chambers's talent for crafting compelling narratives. Additionally, the journal features thought-provoking essays on current events and societal issues, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the world in which these writings were published.

Overall, Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 431 Volume 17, New Series, April 3, 1852 is a valuable historical resource and a captivating read for anyone interested in exploring the literary landscape of the Victorian era.

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NO. 431. NEW SERIES. SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 1852. PRICE 11/2 d.


Everybody must have had some trouble in his time with imperfect respectabilities. Nice, well dressed, well housed, civil, agreeable people are they. No fault to find with them but that there is some little flaw in their history, for which the very good (rigid) don't visit them. The degree to which one is incommoded with imperfect respectabilities, depends of course a good deal upon the extent of his good nature, or his dislike of coming to strong measures in social life. Some have an inherent complaisance which makes them all but unfit for any such operation as cutting, or even for the less violent one of cooling off. Some take mild views of human infirmity, and shrink from visiting it too roughly. They would rather that the sinners did not cross them; but, since the contrary is the fact, what can they do but be civil?

One great source of perplexity in the case, is the excessive urbanity of the imperfect respectabilities themselves. They come up to you on the street with such sunny faces, and have so many kind inquiries to make, and so many pleasant things to say, that, for the life of you, you cannot stiffen up as you ought to do... Continue reading book >>

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