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Excerpt from The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, Vol. 2 How many vain pleaders for mercy do you think have turned away heartsick from the lawyer's office, to find a resting-place in the Thames, or a refuge in the jail They are no ordinary houses, those. There is not a panel in the old wainscoting, but what, if it were endowed with the powers of speech and memory, could start from the wall, and tell its tale of horror the romance of life, sir, the romance of life Commonplace as they may seem now, I tell you they are strange old places, and I would rather hear many a legend with a terrific sounding name, than the true history of one old set of chambers. There was something so odd in the old man's sud den energy, and the subject which had called it forth, that Mr. Pickwick was prepared with no oh servation in reply; and the old man checking his impetuosity, and resuming the leer, which had dis appeared during his previous excitement, said. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.