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and hurrying forward, scarcely seeming to notice the riches that
surrounded them on every side; while vehicles of all shapes and
makes, mingled up together in one moving mass, like running
water, lent their ceaseless roar to swell the noise and tumult.

As they dashed by the quickly-changing and ever-varying
objects, it was curious to observe in what a strange procession
they passed before the eye. Emporiums of splendid dresses, the
materials brought from every quarter of the world; tempting
stores of everything to stimulate and pamper the sated appetite
and give new relish to the oft-repeated feast; vessels of burnished
gold and silver, wrought into every exquisite form of vase, and
dish, and goblet; guns, swords, pistols, and patent engines of
destruction; screws and irons for the crooked, clothes for the
newly-born, drugs for the sick, coffins for the dead, and
churchyards for the buried--all these jumbled each with the other
and flocking side by side, seemed to flit by in motley dance like the
fantastic groups of the old Dutch painter, and with the same stern
moral for the unheeding restless crowd.

Nor were there wanting objects in the crowd itself to give new
point and purpose to the shifting scene. The rags of the squalid
ballad-singer fluttered in the rich light that showed the
goldsmith’s treasures, pale and pinched-up faces hovered about
the windows where was tempting food, hungry eyes wandered
over the profusion guarded by one thin sheet of brittle glass--an
iron wall to them; half-naked shivering figures stopped to gaze at
Chinese shawls and golden stuffs of India. There was a christening
party at the largest coffin-maker’s and a funeral hatchment had
stopped some great improvements in the bravest mansion. Life
and death went hand in hand; wealth and poverty stood side by

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