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17.  Give Weller’s Theories for the extraction of Mr. Pickwick from the Fleet.  Where was his wife’s will found?

18.  How did the old lady make a memorandum, and of what, at whist?  Show that there were at least three times as many fiddles as harps in Muggleton at the time of the ball at Manor Farm.

19.  What is a red-faced Nixon?

20.  Write down the chorus to each verse of Mr. S. Weller’s song, and a sketch of the mottle-faced man’s excursus on it.  Is there any ground for conjecturing that he (Sam) had more brothers than one?

21.  How many lumps of sugar went into the Shepherd’s liquor as a rule? and is any exception recorded?

22.  What seal was on Mr. Winkle’s letter to his father?  What penitential attitude did he assume before Mr. Pickwick?

23.  “She’s a swelling visibly.”  When did the same phenomenon occur again, and what fluid caused the pressure on the body in the latter case?

24.  How did Mr. Weller, senior, define the Funds, and what view did he take of Reduced Consols? in what terms is his elastic force described, when he assaulted Mr. Stiggins at the meeting?  Write down the name of the meeting?

25. “[Greek text]:  a good judge of cattle; hence, a good judge of character.”  Note on AEsch.  Ag.—­Illustrate the theory involved by a remark of the parent Weller.

26.  Give some account of the word “fanteeg,” and hazard any conjecture explanatory of the expression “My Prooshan Blue,” applied by Mr. Samuel to Mr. Tony Weller.

27.  In developing to P. M. his views of a proposition, what assumption did Mr. Pickwick feel justified in making?

28.  Deduce from a remark of Mr. Weller, junior, the price per mile of cabs at the period.

29.  What do you know of the hotel next the Bull at Rochester?

30.  Who, besides Mr. Pickwick, is recorded to have worn gaiters?


1.  See Chapters IV., VIII., XXVIII., LIV. (1), IV., XXX. (twice), XXXIX. (2), LVI.

2.  Two of Jingle’s speeches are here quoted, the first being in Chapter III., and the second in Chapter II.  For “Spanish traveller” see Chapter III., and for “narcotic bedstead” see Chapter XLI.  “Go on, Jemmy,” is Mr. Jingle’s adjuration to the actor whom he has previously designated “Dismal Jemmy,” urging the commencement of the ‘Stroller’s Tale.’  “Like black-eyed Susan—­all in the Downs” has the double application to the stroller’s melancholy and the first line of Gay’s song of ’Black-eyed Susan’—­“All in the Downs the fleet was moored.”  “Handled his fives well” of course refers to the “sparring” of the cabman who wanted to fight Mr. Pickwick.  “Friend in the green jemmy” refers to Mr. Winkle, who, we are told in Chapter I., “wore a new green shooting-coat,” &c.  “Pig’s whisper” is slang for a very brief space of time.  Bartlett says the Americans have “pig’s whistle” the same signification.

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