Support the Monkey! Tell All your Friends and Teachers

Help / FAQ

<- Previous | Table of Contents | Next -> Nickelby by Charles Dickens


The result of his cogitations appeared to be unfavourable, for
he folded the garment once more, laid it aside, and mounted on a
chair to get down another, chirping while he did so:

Young, loving, and fair,
Oh what happiness there!
The wedding is sure to be lucky!

‘They always put in “young,”’ said old Arthur, ‘but songs are
only written for the sake of rhyme, and this is a silly one that the
poor country-people sang, when I was a little boy. Though stop--
young is quite right too--it means the bride--yes. He, he, he! It
means the bride. Oh dear, that’s good. That’s very good. And true
besides, quite true!’

In the satisfaction of this discovery, he went over the verse
again, with increased expression, and a shake or two here and
there. He then resumed his employment.

‘The bottle-green,’ said old Arthur; ‘the bottle-green was a
famous suit to wear, and I bought it very cheap at a pawnbroker’s,
and there was--he, he, he!--a tarnished shilling in the waistcoat
pocket. To think that the pawnbroker shouldn’t have known there
was a shilling in it! I knew it! I felt it when I was examining the
quality. Oh, what a dull dog of a pawnbroker! It was a lucky suit
too, this bottle-green. The very day I put it on first, old Lord
Mallowford was burnt to death in his bed, and all the post-obits
fell in. I’ll be married in the bottle-green. Peg. Peg Sliderskew--I’ll
wear the bottle-green!’

This call, loudly repeated twice or thrice at the room-door,
brought into the apartment a short, thin, weasen, blear-eyed old

<- Previous | Table of Contents | Next -> Nickelby by Charles Dickens

All Contents Copyright © All rights reserved.
Further Distribution Is Strictly Prohibited.

About Us | Advertising | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Home Page

In Association with