Passage of the Day: William Thackeray “Vanity Fair”: Death

“The doctor will come up to us too for the last time there, my friend in motely. The nurse will look in at the curtains and you take no notice- and then she will fling open the windows for a little and let in the air. Then they will pull down the front blinds of the house and live in the back rooms-then they will send for the lawyer and other men in black-Your comedy and mine will have been played then, and we shall be removed, Oh how far, from the trumpets, and the shouting, and the posture making. If we are gentlefolk they will put hatchments over our late domicile, with gilt cherubim, and mottoes stating that there is “Quiet in Heaven”. Your son will new furnish the house, or perhaps let it, and go into a more modern quarter: your name will be among the “Members Deceased” in the lists of your clubs next year. However much you will be mourned, your widow will like to have her weeds neatly made-the cook will send or come up to ask about dinner-the survivors will soon to bear to look at your picture over the mantlepiece, which will be presently be deposed from the place of honour, to make way for the son who reigns.”

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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