He double locked it, took the key, returned to the bedroom door, removed the double staple
of the bolt, and went in.
In the days when Cloisterham took offence at the existence of a railroad afar off, as menacing that sensitive constitution, the property of us Britons: the odd fortune of which sacred institution it is to be in exactly equal degrees croaked about, trembled for, and boasted of, whatever happens to anything, anywhere in the world: in those days no neighbouring architecture of lofty proportions had arisen to overshadow Staple Inn.
Neither wind nor sun, however, favoured Staple Inn one December afternoon towards six o'clock, when it was filled with fog, and candles shed murky and blurred rays through the windows of all its then-occupied sets of chambers; notably from a set of chambers in a corner house in the little inner quadrangle, presenting in black and white over its ugly portal the mysterious inscription:
And I am besides totally unacquainted with the habits of birds, except the birds of Staple Inn, who seek their nests on ledges, and in gutter- pipes and chimneypots, not constructed for them by the beneficent hand of Nature.
It was not only locked, but a staple
had been put in, and it was fastened with a padlock of curious design which he did not remember to have seen there before.
'Swiveller, I know I can rely upon you,'--'I have no hesitation in saying, Swiveller, that I entertain a regard for you,'--'Swiveller, you are my friend, and will stand by me I am sure,' with many other short speeches of the same familiar and confiding kind, purporting to have been addressed by the single gentleman to himself, and to form the staple
of their ordinary discourse, neither Mr Brass nor Miss Sally for a moment questioned the extent of his influence, but accorded to him their fullest and most unqualified belief.
I hardly need refer now to the laborers in our Southern States who produce the staple
exports of this country, and are themselves a staple
production of the South.
He has more leisure for musing in Staple Inn and in the Rolls Yard during the long vacation than at other seasons, and he says to the two 'prentices, what a thing it is in such hot weather to think that you live in an island with the sea a-rolling and a-bowling right round you.
Snagsby to the sparrows in Staple Inn, "likes to have her religion rather sharp, you see!"
"Since training children is the staple
work of the human race," said Augustine, "I should think it something of a consideration that our system does not work well there."
Long live stapled newspapersOn the issue of clamped newspapers, I support your marketers ("Newspapers clamped with staples
inconvenience and annoy readers", Daily Nation, August 16, 2019).