Throughout his life he was obliged to make the most heroic efforts to keep in check another inherited tendency, to corpulence; he generally restricted his diet almost entirely to such meager fare as potatoes and soda-water
, though he often broke out also into periods of unlimited self-indulgence.
But at dinner, when, after breakfasting at twelve o'clock on a bottle of soda-water
and a cup of strong coffee, and lunching at two on another bottle of soda-water
mingled with brandy, he was finding fault with everything on the table, and declaring we must change our cook, I thought the time was come.
He added soda-water
to our whiskey in his tent, and would only keep a couple of bottles when we came away.
It found a dozen young fellows on the settees in the billiard-room, drinking whiskey and soda-water
in their overcoats and pyjamas, and still talking excitedly in one breath.
Franklin in the smoking-room, with the soda-water
and brandy, and found that Miss Rachel had put the Diamond clean out of his head.