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Sketches, pseudonym of Charles
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Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens.
Scanned and proofed by David Price
email ccx074@coventry.ac.uk 

SKETCHES BY BOZ 

OUR PARISH 

CHAPTER I - THE BEADLE.  THE PARISH ENGINE.  THE SCHOOLMASTER. 

How much is conveyed in those two short words - 'The Parish!' And
with how many tales of distress and misery, of broken fortune and
ruined hopes, too often of unrelieved wretchedness and successful
knavery, are they associated! A poor man, with small earnings, and
a large family, just manages to live on from hand to mouth, and to
procure food from day to day; he has barely sufficient to satisfy
the present cravings of nature, and can take no heed of the future.
His taxes are in arrear, quarter-day passes by, another quarter-day

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