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THE HERMIT OF BELLYFULLE BEGINS
HIS ACCOUNT OF THE
LAND OF TURVEYTOP.
tively. “Do you think it in the power of mortal man to give a fair, wise, learned judgment upon
any dish or sauce soever, the said man being, at With growing reverence for the Sage, we at the time of tasting, in tight boots ? Sir, it is tended the Hermit of Bellyfulle back to his cell. impossible. The judicial organ is too delicate, “ In half an hour,” said he, graciously smiling, too exquisitely nerved, to vindicate its sweet “it will be dinner time. Half an hour,” he prerogative, unless the whole man, morally and repeated with musical emphasis, as he passed bodily, be in a state of deep repose. And, thereinto his chamber. Having profitably employed fore, can there be a greater wrong committed the time with cold water, we then, refreshed yet upon the cook, than the common injury of dining hungry, sought our host. The Hermit awaited
to music? It is abominable. Once-I well He had put aside his cloak of the morning, remember it-I chewed to the clangor, and crash, and was again wrapped in his old damask gown. and thunder of a military band. Well, sir, the He perceived that we observed the change. dinner was excellent-admirable as a dinner; "My custom, sir,” he said; “I never yet could but I have no more judgment than a beast, if I dine in full dress. The digestive organs, sir,
The digestive organs, sir, had any other taste in my mouth save the brass abominate close buttoning; and do their work of the trumpets, and the tough parchment of the sulkily, grumblingly. No, sir; a man in full drum-heads. Silence, profound and solemn, is due dress may chew and swallow, but he never dines. to the first hour of dining. One minute before The stomach cannot honestly perform its func that time the finest jest is but a presumptuous tions in state.” We smiled : whereupon the impertinence. In my encyclopædia of the kitchen Hermit with a grave, sly look, asked—“Will you I have treated of these things—philosophically answer me this question ?" We bowed affirma- and at large. For the presentVOL. II.