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Chapter 43

Officiates as a kind of Gentleman Usher, in bringing
various People together.

The storm had long given place to a calm the most
profound, and the evening was pretty far advanced--
indeed supper was over, and the process of digestion
proceeding as favourably as, under the influence of complete
tranquillity, cheerful conversation, and a moderate allowance of
brandy-and-water, most wise men conversant with the anatomy
and functions of the human frame will consider that it ought to
have proceeded, when the three friends, or as one might say, both
in a civil and religious sense, and with proper deference and
regard to the holy state of matrimony, the two friends, (Mr and
Mrs Browdie counting as no more than one,) were startled by the
noise of loud and angry threatenings below stairs, which presently
attained so high a pitch, and were conveyed besides in language so
towering, sanguinary, and ferocious, that it could hardly have
been surpassed, if there had actually been a Saracenís head then
present in the establishment, supported on the shoulders and
surmounting the trunk of a real, live, furious, and most
unappeasable Saracen.

This turmoil, instead of quickly subsiding after the first
outburst, (as turmoils not unfrequently do, whether in taverns,
legislative assemblies, or elsewhere,) into a mere grumbling and
growling squabble, increased every moment; and although the
whole din appeared to be raised by but one pair of lungs, yet that

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