Knightley, and residing in the parish
of Donwellvery creditably, she believedshe knew Mr.
Earnshaw once bought a couple of colts at the parish
fair, and gave the lads each one.
At such a time I found out for certain, that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard; and that Philip Pirrip, late of this parish
, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were dead and buried; and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias, and Roger, infant children of the aforesaid, were also dead and buried; and that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the low leaden line beyond, was the river; and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing, was the sea; and that the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was Pip.
Macey, clerk of the parish
, shook his head, and asked if anybody was ever known to go off in a fit and not fall down.
His close-shaven crown, surrounded by a circle of stiff curled black hair, had something the appearance of a parish
pinfold begirt by its high hedge.
I consented to a monument, although there is, to me, no more bitterly ridiculous outcome of human vanity than the blocks raised to tell posterity that John Smith, or Jane Jackson, late of this parish
, was born, lived, and died worth enough money to pay a mason to distinguish their bones from those of the unrecorded millions.
My eldest uncle John had left me an estate in land, near Epping, of about thirty pounds a year; and I had a long lease of the Black Bull in Fetter-Lane, which yielded me as much more; so that I was not in any danger of leaving my family upon the parish
Hitherto, it had been held a point of honour by the families in Grimworth parish
, to buy their sugar and their flannel at the shop where their fathers and mothers had bought before them; but, if newcomers were to bring in the system of neck- and-neck trading, and solicit feminine eyes by gown-pieces laid in fan-like folds, and surmounted by artificial flowers, giving them a factitious charm (for on what human figure would a gown sit like a fan, or what female head was like a bunch of China-asters?
I know what belongs to bein' a parish
clerk, and I know as I should be wantin' i' respect to Your Reverence, an' church, an' king, if I was t' allow such goins-on wi'out speakin'.
And here have I been knocking about, year after year, from pillar to post, as if I was no more than the commonest feller in the parish
Shopping in Blackstable was not a simple matter; for dissent, helped by the fact that the parish
church was two miles from the town, was very common; and it was necessary to deal only with churchgoers; Mrs.
To his great disappointment (he wrote) he was detained by the affairs of his parish