So soon as I hear that such or such a man gives himself out for a philosopher, I conclude that, like the dyspeptic
old woman, he must have broken his digester.
I had just consummated an unusually hearty dinner, of which the dyspeptic
truffe formed not the least important item, and was sitting alone in the dining-room, with my feet upon the fender, and at my elbow a small table which I had rolled up to the fire, and upon which were some apologies for dessert, with some miscellaneous bottles of wine, spirit andliqueur.
The chief pleasure of these philosophers lay in going every Saturday night, when work was done, to Chaseborough, a decayed market-town two or three miles distant; and, returning in the small hours of the next morning, to spend Sunday in sleeping off the dyspeptic
effects of the curious compounds sold to them as beer by the monopolizers of the once independent inns.
Welland, already dressed for dinner, and pacing the drawing- room floor, watch in hand, with dyspeptic
impatience-- for it was one of the houses in which one always knew exactly what is happening at a given hour.
A hypochondriacal tendency had shown itself in the banker's constitution of late; and a lack of sleep, which was really only a slight exaggeration of an habitual dyspeptic
symptom, had been dwelt on by him as a sign of threatening insanity.