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[阅读] 英文原著下载The Bedford-Row Conspiracy百得福特娄阴谋

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英文原著下载The Bedford-Row Conspiracy百得福特娄阴谋! x# A0 m- q6 H/ B5 s9 k+ S
  CHAPTER I.

, e' C, x: E% W" ?1 o9 t  OF THE LOVES OF MR.PERKINS AND MISS GORGON,AND
& a6 x& e- g* {8 }  OF THE TWO GREAT FACTIONS IN THE TOWN OF
& l8 I  l; w5 X3 A6 b/ z4 f' ?  OLDBOROUGH.( G3 w' P. d% B& l6 z
  "My dear John,"cried Lucy,with a very wise look indeed,"it must and
) |1 ^1 m, B4 ~) \( L  shall be so.As for Doughty Street,with our means,a house is out of the8 {& K  m; y1 w* }2 j! V5 J/ m
  question.We must keep three servants,and Aunt Biggs says the taxes are( _. @8 S4 E6 E# R* T
  one-and-twenty pounds a year."( R5 F. z3 Z! v5 J) o
  "I have seen a sweet place at Chelsea,"remarked John:"Paradise( M/ y" Y, y' D
  Row,No.17,--garden--greenhouse--fifty pounds a year--omnibus to town0 w) Y# K% f- f, E! E, r
  within a mile."
1 q! l+ i! G% p6 |' M" U3 w  I  "What!that I may be left alone all day,and you spend a fortune in
/ D& J; W& h, C, o5 D  driving backward and forward in those horrid breakneck cabs?My* a1 Q( h  B  f- L( A
  darling,I should die there--die of fright,I know I should.Did you not% a  t! R7 E5 Y4 i
  say yourself that the road was not as yet lighted,and that the place
, f4 g# z' _2 u  swarmed with public-houses and dreadful tipsy Irish bricklayers?Would
- `; s9 r* p. b' d3 o# b  you kill me,John?"
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  C& {* s. J1 d  "My da-arling,"said John,with tremendous fondness,clutching Miss
* u+ X3 z. O, j7 s  Lucy suddenly round the waist,and rapping the hand of that young person9 E& I3 {" u6 ]+ S4 x
  violently against his waistcoat,--"My da-arling,don't say such things,even
9 P% j9 g  a2 O  in a joke.If I objected to the chambers,it is only because you,my love,. o4 |0 m7 I: A3 o, t3 P7 e4 C
  with your birth and connections,ought to have a house of your own.The
' I! N8 X. n; @; \7 c2 f# b  chambers are quite large enough and c**ainly quite good enough for me."
/ E4 r4 y5 J- y9 q9 [$ V2 Y  And so,after some more sweet parley on the part of these young people,it* b" j  l# g* s  k  M5 B1 x& i( @
  was agreed that they should take up their abode,when married,in a part of) q. q# ~: d/ x$ f# o, P& {! B
  the House number One hundred and something,Bedford Row.1 B- z7 T: u0 @# S- u3 K# P
  It will be necessary to explain to the reader that John was no other than
3 Q2 W, N' V6 m/ d0 p  John Perkins,Esquire,of the Middle Temple,barrister-at-law,and that, a' Y9 [& \$ ?1 E
  Miss Lucy was the daughter of the late Captain Gorgon,and Marianne
4 p4 @/ c  q; u3 D4 ^4 Y$ P* x! y  Biggs,his wife.The Captain being of noble connections,younger son of
$ r1 T8 v4 I+ l  a baronet,cousin to Lord X----,and related to the Y----family,had
/ p0 W, u  {) K  angered all his relatives by marrying a very silly pretty young woman,; Q- F! }& B7 Y$ O+ f
  who kept a ladies'-school at Canterbury.She had six hundred pounds toTHE BEDFORD-ROW CONSPIRACY# w* Q+ }' F* y* D' D* J! q$ a
  3
1 F. R# b3 H4 U& T4 E  her fortune,which the Captain laid out in the purchase of a sweet
, w$ e4 E5 s8 I! L  travelling-carriage and dressing-case for himself;and going abroad with6 I9 N+ d/ f; Y& w+ o
  his lady,spent several years in the principal prisons of Europe,in one of! ~) F! d; l  j# |3 T  |
  which he died.His wife and daughter were meantime supported by the
' k( D# ^( F6 D0 i2 H, L  contributions of Mrs.Jemima Biggs,who still kept the ladies'-school.
# o  v/ D% L% z0 G0 ?  At last a dear old relative--such a one as one reads of in romances--
' r  U; H4 O! t/ \) D$ Y  died and left seven thousand pounds apiece to the two sisters,whereupon
  W( n! p0 q. E0 l5 A  the elder gave up schooling and retired to London;and the younger
* e/ _: y/ p( H  managed to live with some comfort and decency at Brussels,upon two
! E3 w7 Q3 z6 L4 t# |$ V5 }  hundred and ten pounds per annum.Mrs.Gorgon never touched a shilling% m* k* w: v- c
  of her capital,for the very good reason that it was placed entirely out of
$ |, p& b6 y& Z/ D  her reach;so that when she died,her daughter found herself in possession
7 ^$ o$ m2 Q0 K# [- }5 p* U2 j& O  of a sum of money that is not always to be met with in this world.
+ z/ E" F$ w# E, ~* j  Her aunt the baronet's lady,and her aunt the ex-schoolmistress,both
2 N# B, O& o8 m! R9 z& ~: c  wrote very pressing invitations to her,and she resided with each for six
) d' o, [8 o, O% p- G8 L' u' s  months after her arrival in England.Now,for a second time,she had; M+ f2 U- `  O6 ~$ p+ _
  come to Mrs.Biggs,Caroline Place,Mecklenburgh Square.It was under* w, u! i* }! M. a4 y2 z4 z  l
  the roof of that respectable old lady that John Perkins,Esquire,being
9 U# {) q# k7 |5 E8 W  invited to take tea,wooed and won Miss Gorgon.
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9 i4 n3 z" @# K) G  Having thus described the circumstances of Miss Gorgon's life,let us* v, V( w8 }$ i) M* N& ]# z
  pass for a moment from that young lady,and lift up the veil of mystery
4 J9 M6 @2 \# U  which envelopes the deeds and character of Perkins.
: O* J( P1 u1 o4 X" L) r# L  Perkins,too,was an orphan;and he and his Lucy,of summer evenings,. G0 W' T3 d5 R& i+ {+ ~- H7 R
  when Sol descending lingered fondly yet about the minarets of the
4 Z2 e3 P2 I8 V# Q) t3 M# m  Foundling,and gilded the grassplots of Mecklenburgh Square--Perkins,I
/ R! V" c( n: f& T' p  say,and Lucy would often sit together in the summer-house of that
7 |) P/ |' v2 y  pleasure-ground,and muse upon the strange coincidences of their life.6 I) {3 K, y3 @! ]3 R
  Lucy was motherless and fatherless;so too was Perkins.If Perkins was
5 \  G6 M1 e/ c: t  brotherless and sisterless,was not Lucy likewise an only child?Perkins% D, R# `. k0 w! p7 K) i
  was twenty-three:his age and Lucy's united,amounted to forty-six;and; G3 N7 b* V2 g' o& c7 x1 i9 a
  it was to be remarked,as a fact still more extraordinary,that while Lucy's# L' j# k7 S' N7 \* Z( n. |4 B
  relatives were AUNTS,John's were UNCLES.Mysterious spirit of love!- P8 S6 ?. Z; {. H$ {
  let us treat thee with respect and whisper not too many of thy secrets.; B6 p) L& L; |0 ~  P7 V  P
  The fact is,John and Lucy were a pair of fools(as every young coupleTHE BEDFORD-ROW CONSPIRACY
. D1 ~% w; Y2 F& i6 R+ p) {  forward,Mr.Perkins,and show yourself."Mr.Perkins made a genteel5 C) |4 P0 ?4 _
  bow."Miss Lucy,please to shake hands with your aunt;and this,my+ F0 A5 {8 G* ?! J
  dear madam,is Mrs.Biggs,of Mecklenburgh Square,who,if she were not6 N; M: z5 d2 P2 w$ J
  too old,might marry a gentleman in the Treasury,who is your very
+ |. |/ m% _' F3 O. ?6 F) i  humble servant."And with this gallant speech,old Mr.Crampton began0 V3 w  \' Z# \( x
  helping everybody to sherry and cake.
# }5 P( n  M: Q8 S( `% t6 }  As for William Pitt Scully,he had disappeared,evaporated,in the most% g" t$ L" X4 P4 y! [
  absurd sneaking way imaginable.Lady Gorgon made good her retreat" j) [6 _% K4 v9 z! l) Y+ P
  presently,with much dignity,her countenance undismayed,and her face
. ?2 T9 l8 u( k& x6 G  turned resolutely to the foe.8 p& k+ N3 c, R, y# [, Q
    英文原著下载The Bedford-Row Conspiracy百得福特娄阴谋9 m* b0 W! v( a+ y% j6 R7 h
  About five days afterwards,that memorable contest took place in the5 |/ k1 s2 W  r7 q0 n
  House of Commons,in which the partisans of Mr.Macabaw were so very
' B- T1 u; m" w/ Z  nearly getting him the Speakership.On the day that the report of the
' X3 A0 Z6 p5 c# `0 x  debate appeared in the Times,there appeared also an announcement in the
: q4 k: s5 Y. n) |  Gazette as follows:--& K* v4 F1 F! j
  "The King has been pleased to appoint John Perkins,Esquire,to be7 q4 U/ t$ D, t  z  j! h4 e0 [
  Deputy-Subcomptroller of His Majesty's Tape Office and Custos of the
, F% g" t" u0 R) q9 N8 u( {1 P2 A  Sealing-Wax Department."
* F. y1 ~& r0 B3 h3 L. Q! {  X  Mr.Crampton showed this to his nephew with great glee,and was. @4 B: e, j0 H5 y( ]( m
  chuckling to think how Mr.William Pitt Scully would be annoyed,who1 ^! `0 C1 n! h
  had expected the place,when Perkins burst out laughing and said,"By3 l0 x/ T1 B/ S7 P9 w' g1 S
  heavens,here is my own speech!Scully has spoken every word of it;he  a- O/ B9 ^+ J5 e
  has only put in Mr.Pincher's name in the place of Mr.Macabaw's."
; {$ o, q6 Q5 P: Z* ^  "He is ours now,"responded his uncle,"and I told you WE WOULD8 U, V- c$ Y- n  w! X
  HAVE HIM FOR NOTHING.I told you,too,that you should be married( Y$ |( E: y7 ?0 {- Z
  from Sir George Gorgon's,and here is proof of it."* b# p$ c+ _( C+ X
  It was a letter from Lady Gorgon,in which she said that,"had she* ?7 u, D- i# w5 j
  known Mr.Perkins to be a nephew of her friend Mr.Crampton,she never) j% `& F: o# W" \! ~! X
  for a moment would have opposed his marriage with her niece,and she6 q8 j1 P& \& n9 f' j
  had written that morning to her dear Lucy,begging that the marriage
, I+ i" J7 n+ U$ q8 H  breakfast should take place in Baker Street."
+ n7 ~3 S5 F! S# [3 {  "It shall be in Mecklenburgh Square,"said John Perkins stoutly;and in
$ T1 b6 a' x) z: T3 K  I* G  Mecklenburgh Square it was.THE BEDFORD-ROW CONSPIRACY
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, W2 f6 t$ X) K* E, |  William Pitt Scully,Esquire,was,as Mr.Crampton said,hugely$ Q- U5 P- @8 h
  annoyed at the loss of the place for his nephew.He had still,however,
3 u# m! r& M0 ]) y( ^$ d8 {  his hopes to look forward to,but these were unluckily dashed by the
. z. e0 M! U. W) `) i; E  coming in of the Whigs.As for Sir George Gorgon,when he came to ask: G3 {% \- k# g: n3 h+ r$ F
  about his peerage,Hawksby told him that they could not afford to lose him
1 t- R0 v* V5 I# D  in the Commons,for a Liberal Member would infallibly fill his place.0 {8 U# b' ?5 R5 n% N8 e8 o
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  And now that the Tories are out and the Whigs are in,strange to say a
; e. A, e* [) R  Liberal does fill his place.This Liberal is no other than Sir George
, K; p& @- j+ y$ B  ?! t. P  A  Gorgon himself,who is still longing to be a lord,and his lady is still
( u7 U9 B1 F- n8 _5 ]7 w) t, m# x0 c) F  devout and intriguing.So that the Members for Oldborough have
/ }4 ]6 J" M! h1 q3 l1 H, u2 q  changed sides,and taunt each other with apostasy,and hate each other
5 d0 E, c% C% M3 D2 \2 p  cordially.Mr.Crampton still chuckles over the manner in which he5 [1 I! B6 e, P) \* |
  tricked them both,and talks of those five minutes during which he stood
( }3 q0 P8 o# S2 y- L  on the landing-place,and hatched and executed his"Bedford-Row
( k" n6 T2 \: E' U1 V  Conspiracy."6 N9 [8 n8 a5 ?  N
  End of Project Gutenberg Etext The Bedford-Row Conspiracy,by
5 T4 \) j! J2 P  Thackeray" w. Z! F" x, m' s0 A

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