Sartor Resartus: the life and opinions of Herr Teufelsdrocke eBook

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“An Irish Traveller, of perhaps common veracity, who presents himself under the to me unmeaning title of The late John Bernard, offers the following sketch of a domestic establishment, the inmates whereof, though such is not stated expressly, appear to have been of that Faith.  Thereby shall my German readers now behold an Irish Poor-Slave, as it were with their own eyes; and even see him at meat.  Moreover, in the so precious waste-paper sheet above mentioned, I have found some corresponding picture of a Dandiacal Household, painted by that same Dandiacal Mystagogue, or Theogonist:  this also, by way of counterpart and contrast, the world shall look into.

“First, therefore, of the Poor-Slave, who appears likewise to have been a species of Innkeeper.  I quote from the original: 

POOR-SLAVE HOUSEHOLD.

“’The furniture of this Caravansera consisted of a large iron Pot, two oaken Tables, two Benches, two Chairs, and a Potheen Noggin.  There was a Loft above (attainable by a ladder), upon which the inmates slept; and the space below was divided by a hurdle into two Apartments; the one for their cow and pig, the other for themselves and guests.  On entering the house we discovered the family, eleven in number, at dinner:  the father sitting at the top, the mother at the bottom, the children on each side, of a large oaken Board, which was scooped out in the middle, like a trough, to receive the contents of their Pot of Potatoes.  Little holes were cut at equal distances to contain Salt; and a bowl of Milk stood on the table:  all the luxuries of meat and beer, bread, knives and dishes were dispensed with.’  The Poor-Slave himself our Traveller found, as he says, broad-backed, black-browed, of great personal strength, and mouth from ear to ear.  His Wife was a sun-browned but well-featured woman; and his young ones, bare and chubby, had the appetite of ravens.  Of their Philosophical or Religious tenets or observances, no notice or hint.

“But now, secondly, of the Dandiacal Household; in which, truly, that often-mentioned Mystagogue and inspired Penman himself has his abode:—­

DANDIACAL HOUSEHOLD.

“’A Dressing-room splendidly furnished; violet-colored curtains, chairs and ottomans of the same hue.  Two full-length Mirrors are placed, one on each side of a table, which supports the luxuries of the Toilet.  Several Bottles of Perfumes, arranged in a peculiar fashion, stand upon a smaller table of mother-of-pearl:  opposite to these are placed the appurtenances of Lavation richly wrought in frosted silver.  A Wardrobe of Buhl is on the left; the doors of which, being partly open, discover a profusion of Clothes; Shoes of a singularly small size monopolize the lower shelves.  Fronting the wardrobe a door ajar gives some slight glimpse of a Bath-room.  Folding-doors in the background.—­Enter the Author,’ our Theogonist in person, ’obsequiously preceded by a French Valet, in white silk Jacket and cambric Apron.’

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