Foul Play

Author: Dion Boucicault (Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot)
Co-author: Charles Reade
Language: English
Wordcount: 155,579 / 446 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 2,927
mnybks.net#: 1159
Origin: gutenberg.org
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invariable custom of the house; and sat in a dead silence, that seemed natural to the great sober room.

This, however, was not for want of a topic; on the contrary, they had a matter of great importance to discuss, and in fact this was why they dined tete-a-tete. But their tongues were tied for the present; in the first place, there stood in the middle of the table an epergne, the size of a Putney laurel-tree; neither Wardlaw could well see the other, without craning out his neck like a rifleman from behind his tree; and then there were three live suppressors of confidential intercourse, two gorgeous footmen and a somber, sublime, and, in one word, episcopal, butler; all three went about as softly as cats after a robin, and conjured one plate away, and smoothly insinuated another, and seemed models of grave discretion: but were known to be all ears, and bound by a secret oath to carry down each crumb of dialogue to the servants' hall, for curious dissection and boisterous ridicule.

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2011.04.25
Thomas Adams
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Excellent book, certainly a product of it's time. Still, kept me up till midnight a couple of times, hard to put down. Will be looking into more titles from this author


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