Quick Quotes 3. The following is taken from George Head’s Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America (1829):
Two country fellows came into the inn while I was eating, and placed themselves at a small table in a corner of the same room. They called for rum, which was given them in a vinegar cruet. Glasses were brought, and then, each passing the back of his hand across a mighty useful set of teeth, hobbed and nobbed the other; and, repeating the ceremony, their little bottle was empty. Cramming their large paws into their breeches’ pockets, the girl of the house was called to a committee of finance, and, at their request, replenished the cruet. This second dose made them sneeze a little, but it was despatched in as short a time as the first. The water now stood in both their eyes. They paid for the rum; hardly a word was expended in conversation, and about five minutes of time had elapsed, when they were out of the house, and again on their way.
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