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Roundabout Papers
William Makepeace Thackeray

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This etext was prepared from the 1908 T.N.  Foulis edition by Stephen
Rice, email srice01@ibm.net 

Some Roundabout Papers 

ON SOME CARP AT SANS SOUCI 

We have lately made the acquaintance of an old lady of ninety,
who has passed the last twenty-five years of her old life in a
great metropolitan establishment, the workhouse, namely, of the
parish of Saint Lazarus.  Stay -- twenty-three or four years ago,
she came out once, and thought to earn a little money by hop-
picking; but being overworked, and having to lie out at night,
she got a palsy which has incapacitated her from all further
labour, and has caused her poor old limbs to shake ever since. 

An illustration of that dismal proverb which tells us how poverty
makes us acquainted with strange bed-fellows, this poor old

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