Miss Havisham, if you would spare the money to do my friend Herbert a lasting
service in life, but which from the nature of the case must be done without his knowledge, I could show you how.
Marner was highly thought of in that little hidden world, known to itself as the church assembling in Lantern Yard; he was believed to be a young man of exemplary life and ardent faith; and a peculiar interest had been centred in him ever since he had fallen, at a prayer-meeting, into a mysterious rigidity and suspension of consciousness, which, lasting
for an hour or more, had been mistaken for death.
for well I know the obstinacy of thy disposition,) at least waste as little time as possible let not thy folly be lasting
as well as untimely.
In society there were silly conversations lasting
half a minute, cool acquaintanceships founded on such half-minutes, general reciprocity of suspicion, overcrowding, insufficient ventilation, bad music badly executed, late hours, unwholesome food, intoxicating liquors, jealous competition in useless expenditure, husband-hunting, flirting, dancing, theatres, and concerts.
We had touched at many ports and made much profit, when one day upon the open sea we were caught by a terrible wind which blew us completely out of our reckoning, and lasting
for several days finally drove us into harbour on a strange island.