Had it been otherwise -- had an active politician been put into this influential post, to assume the easy task of making head against a Whig Collector
, whose infirmities withheld him from the personal administration of his office -- hardly a man of the old corps would have drawn the breath of official life within a month after the exterminating angel had come up the Custom-House steps.
You understand that all these painters, poets, art collectors
(and dealers in bric-e-brac, he interjected through his teeth) of my mother are not in my way; but Versoy lives more like a man of the world.
235 less than it had done nine months before when it was bought by the distinguished collector
whose sudden death had brought it once more under the hammer.
I remember that as I picked them up, I observed the title of one of them, THE ORIGIN OF TREE WORSHIP, and it struck me that the fellow must be some poor bibliophile, who, either as a trade or as a hobby, was a collector
of obscure volumes.
It had something of that air of conscious virtue, of unimpeachable respectability, that distinguishes a rent collector
in a low neighbourhood.
Only that morning a heavily insured proof-sheet had reached them from a collector
in Australia, which recorded a change of the poet's mind about a very famous phrase, and, therefore, had claims to the honor of glazing and framing.
Your true collector
always has some unaccountable fad of that kind.
Give them a picture with a good large ruin, fancy trees, prancing nymphs, and a watery sky; dirty it down dexterously to the right pitch; put it in an old frame; call it a Claude; and the sphere of the Old Master is enlarged, the collector
is delighted, the picture-dealer is enriched, and the neglected modern artist claps a joyful hand on a well-filled pocket.
We sat down together by the bright fireside in his little library (Benjamin, as far as his means would allow, was a great collector
of books), and there I told my old friend, frankly and truly, all that I have told here.
He was the son of Richmond Thackeray, a collector
in the service of the East India Company, and was born in Calcutta in 1811.
At last, however, all the things that had to be got together were got together, and all the things that had to be got out of the way were got out of the way, and everything was ready, and the collector
himself having promised to come, fortune smiled upon the occasion.
The insect-species confined to sea-coasts, as every collector
knows, are often brassy or lurid.
One day, a German collector
in natural history, of the name of Renous, called, and nearly at the same time an old Spanish lawyer.
The people who lived in it seemed to belong to one family that dwelt beyond the limits of the bustling world, with which the collector
of taxes and a few ties of the very slenderest alone served to connect them.
If Tarzan felt that the world owed him a living he also realized that it was for him to collect it, nor was there ever a better collector
than this son of an English lord, who knew even less of the ways of his forbears than he did of the forbears themselves, which was nothing.