鈥楳y father鈥攑erhaps he is still alive.鈥? So you see, Daddy, I'm much more intelligent than if I'd just stuck being frank! 开心七星彩网一powered So you see, Daddy, I'm much more intelligent than if I'd just stuck [Pg 109] 鈥楾o know your master. Take that,鈥?and Jubbock aimed a tremendous blow at Herbert, which the latter promptly parried, and with a smart 鈥榦ne鈥攖wo鈥?put the great fellow flat on his back. O LIVER did not find his work in the store very laborious. During some parts of the day there was little custom, and therefore little to do. At such times he found John Meadows, though not a refined, at any rate an amusing companion. With his friendly help he soon got a general idea of the stock and the prices. He found that the former was generally of an inferior quality, and the customers belonged to the poorer classes. Obtaining a general idea of the receipts, he began to doubt Mr. Kenyon's assurance of the profits of the business. He intimated as much to his fellow-clerk. Well, I don't say they're all ugly. Some of 'em are handsome enough, and there's plenty of thorough-breds among 'em, but there's a sight of plain-headed ones. There's quite as much beauty in your spear as there is among the county folks, Miss Susan. I'll answer for that. 鈥楾he cousin? I don鈥檛 know how many times removed. What right had he to it?鈥? 鈥楢re you not my grandson? Who shall gainsay that?鈥? and I am about to begin swimming lessons. This was very pleasant, and so was the letter from Smith & Elder offering me 锟?000 for the copyright of a three-volume novel, to come out in the new magazine 鈥?on condition that the first portion of it should be in their hands by December 12th. There was much in all this that astonished me 鈥?in the first place the price, which was more than double what I had yet received, and nearly double that which I was about to receive from Messrs. Chapman & Hall. Then there was the suddenness of the call. It was already the end of October, and a portion of the work was required to be in the printer鈥檚 hands within six weeks. Castle Richmond was indeed half written, but that was sold to Chapman. And it had already been a principle with me in my art, that no part of a novel should be published till the entire story was completed. I knew, from what I read from month to month, that this hurried publication of incompleted work was frequently, I might perhaps say always, adopted by the leading novelists of the day. That such has been the case, is proved by the fact that Dickens, Thackeray, and Mrs. Gaskell died with unfinished novels, of which portions had been already published. I had not yet entered upon the system of publishing novels in parts, and therefore had never been tempted. But I was aware that an artist should keep in his hand the power of fitting the beginning of his work to the end. No doubt it is his first duty to fit the end to the beginning, and he will endeavour to do so. But he should still keep in his hands the power of remedying any defect in this respect. So you see, Daddy, I'm much more intelligent than if I'd just stuck Can we do anything for you this morning?