Subtitle: Containing Selections From the Writings of Marcus Clarke, Together With Lord Rosebery's Letter, Etc., and a Biography of the Deceased Author General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1884 Original Publisher: Cameron, Laing and Co. Subjects: Fiction / General Literary Criticism / General Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: AUSTIN FRIARS. (melbourne Reminiscenses.) AUSTIN FRIARS -- Austin Friars to you, reader, means an old-world place in the city of London. It brings thoughts of cowled monks, of sleek abbots, of chancels, tombstones, organ-playing, and the " De profundis." To me, it means pints of ale, " tobacco parliaments," Haymarket plays, Bohemianism, " jolly good fellows everyone " and " We won't go home till morning " It means lobster salads at unholy hours, "doing" of bills, lack of the current coin of the realm, and general abandonment to the feast of reason and the flow of soul In a word, my Austin Friars is a totally different place to yours. My Austin Friars is a hostel, a tavern, an eating-house, a spot sacfed to the memory of the jolliest six months that I ever spent. My Austin Friars is situate in the city of Melbourne -- in the heart of the city of Melbourne -- within " easy distance of the parks and places of amusement," as the advertisements say. Never mind whereabout this central situation was; suffice it to say, that there was a cab-stand opposite the door, and that the Theatre Royal was not a hundred miles away. The " Friars " was not a first-class family hotel; it could not compare with the "Great Western" or " Meurice's " in London, with the "Astor House " in New York, or even with the " Port Phillip Club " or " Scott's " in Melbourne. But, such ...
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