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Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices - Charles Dickens

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The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens



THE LAZY TOUR OF TWO IDLE APPRENTICES

CHAPTER I



In the autumn month of September, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven,
wherein these presents bear date, two idle apprentices, exhausted
by the long, hot summer, and the long, hot work it had brought with
it, ran away from their employer.  They were bound to a highly
meritorious lady (named Literature), of fair credit and repute,
though, it must be acknowledged, not quite so highly esteemed in
the City as she might be.  This is the more remarkable, as there is
nothing against the respectable lady in that quarter, but quite the
contrary; her family having rendered eminent service to many famous
citizens of London.  It may be sufficient to name Sir William
Walworth, Lord Mayor under King Richard II., at the time of Wat
Tyler's insurrection, and Sir Richard Whittington:  which latter
distinguished man and magistrate was doubtless indebted to the
lady's family for the gift of his celebrated cat.  There is also
strong reason to suppose that they rang the Highgate bells for him
with their own hands.
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