Lavengro

The Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest

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Author: George Borrow
Published: 1851
Language: English
Wordcount: 232,194 / 646 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 42.1
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,201
Added to site: 2006.12.28
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With preface and notes by Theodore Watts.

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morable year when England--while every forge in Europe was glowing with expectance, ready to beat every ploughshare into a sword--uttered her famous prophecy, that from the day of the opening of the Prince Consort's glass show in Hyde Park, bullets, bayonets, and fists were to be institutions of a benighted past.

Very different was the prophecy of this "eccentric barbarian," Borrow, especially as regards the abolition of the British fist. His prophecy was that the decay of pugilism would be followed by a flourishing time in England for the revolver and the assassin's knife,--a prophecy which I can now recommend to those two converts to the virtues of Pugilism, Mr. Justice Grantham and the present Editor of the Daily News, the former of whom in passing sentence of death (at the Central Criminal Court, on Wednesday, January 11th, 1893) upon a labourer named Hosler, for stabbing one Dennis Finnessey to death in a quarrel about a pot of beer, borrowed in the most impudent manner from the "eccentri

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