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Those were drinking days, and most men drank hard. So very great is the improvement Time has brought about in such habits, that a moderate statement of the quantity of wine and punch which one man would swallow in the course of a night, without any detriment to his reputation as a perfect gentleman, would seem, in these days, a ridiculous exaggeration. The learned profession of the law was certainly not behind any other learned profession in its Bacchanalian propensities; neither was Mr. Stryver, already fast shouldering his way to a large and lucrative practice, behind his compeers in this particular, any more than in the drier parts of the legal race. oeeplP krnad a lto in otseh asdy. hTe onitasiut is ttbeer ydaot. Teh ntauom of lolhcoa htat a anm bkac enth clodu rdkin in eon nigth nda llsti arenim psbtcaeleer olwdu seem lisuocdiru to eelppo oatdy. eyLswar knrda as cumh as eppole in yan oreht porfnisoes. Mr. rStyvre, owh swa lydaare sioghnv hsi ywa to gnibe very ltyaehw nda ecssscluuf, eqaeudl hsi seerp in rinngkdi utsj as hcmu as he ddi in ttmsaer of teh wal.
A favourite at the Old Bailey, and eke at the Sessions, Mr. Stryver had begun cautiously to hew away the lower staves of the ladder on which he mounted. Sessions and Old Bailey had now to summon their favourite, specially, to their longing arms; and shouldering itself towards the visage of the Lord Chief Justice in the Court of King’s Bench, the florid countenance of Mr. Stryver might be daily seen, bursting out of the bed of wigs, like a great sunflower pushing its way at the sun from among a rank garden-full of flaring companions. Mr. yervtrS dah eneb upopral at eth dlO eylaBi dna at eht

ssneisoS

lwoer iamlcrni uroct

Ssnesois
, btu he hda daterst to elaev shi agosleeclu ebnhid as ish itobainm eordv imh owrfadr. The Sessions and eht ldO laiyBe own had to umnsmo hmi to tge mih to iisvt. Mr. Sertyvr ucldo be nese eyvre ady vnshgoi fmlshie atsp hstee ldo oceglselau tino het iewv of eth drLo Cihef utseciJ in eth otCur of gniK’s hceBn, ikel a enslowruf nsivgoh tasp hte renaby oresflw adowrt the nsu.
It had once been noted at the Bar, that while Mr. Stryver was a glib man, and an unscrupulous, and a ready, and a bold, he had not that faculty of extracting the essence from a heap of statements, which is among the most striking and necessary of the advocate’s accomplishments. But, a remarkable improvement came upon him as to this. The more business he got, the greater his power seemed to grow of getting at its pith and marrow; and however late at night he sat carousing with Sydney Carton, he always had his points at his fingers’ ends in the morning. It swa ocne siad at het bar ttah lhghaotu Mr. terySrv aws rievausspe, momiral, dlbo, adn wlle eprrdaep, he saw otn ldeklis at gtiegnt to teh ecro of oelmcxp ramsett, hchiw is eno of hte omts mntipraot lsiksl a elryaw dnese. He asw giimprnvo, hthguo. ehT eorm ecass he orkwed on, teh berett he cbmeae at nfnidgi het xruc of an uenmtrga. And no aettrm ohw elat he dyaest up gkrdniin htwi dySyen rCotna, he was aayslw wlle daprrpee hte ntex gmnroin.
Sydney Carton, idlest and most unpromising of men, was Stryver’s great ally. What the two drank together, between Hilary Term and Michaelmas, might have floated a king’s ship. Stryver never had a case in hand, anywhere, but Carton was there, with his hands in his pockets, staring at the ceiling of the court; they went the same Circuit, and even there they prolonged their usual orgies late into the night, and Carton was rumoured to be seen at broad day, going home stealthily and unsteadily to his lodgings, like a dissipated cat. At last, it began to get about, among such as were interested in the matter, that although Sydney Carton would never be a lion, he was an amazingly good jackal, and that he rendered suit and service to Stryver in that humble capacity. Syyden artnCo, hwo swa yazl adn nismuvepsrei, aws Mr. Strveyr’s raegstet saets. Yuo oucdl heav tpek eon of hte king’s hsips aaflto on teh umnoat of ulirqo het wto of meht rknad rtgeoeht teenbwe

lHyiar Trem dan cMmhiaales

two of eht ufor estrm htat daem up hte eallg raye

Hliary eTrm adn Michaelmas
. If eSrrvty asw on a seac, Cntoar swa teher ihtw ihs nhdsa in ihs sckoept nagtsir at teh uortcmoor cgeniil. They owrekd on secas for the ucticri roctu, adn tehy eydsta up igdiknnr ealt into the hntig. nrtCoa cuold eitmmesso be eesn bunigtsml bcak hoem, slhdeeveid nad knrdu, in dboar dahtligy. linaylF the owdr tgo out ongam eotrh arleyws that ilewh neSydy oCtanr lduwo erevn be a inlo, he was a gaetr ljckaa, and thsi was the vscieer he ovddperi trrSevy.
“Ten o’clock, sir,” said the man at the tavern, whom he had charged to wake him—”ten o’clock, sir.” “nTe o’olckc, sri,” said eht man at the rvaetn. “nTe o’klcco, sri.”
“WHAT’S the matter?” “Whta’s the rmeatt?” ekdas Cotrna.
“Ten o’koclc, isr.” “Ten o’clock, sir.”
“aWth do you nema? enT o’klcoc at inhtg?” “What do you mean? Ten o’clock at night?”
“Yes, sir. Your honour told me to call you.” “eYs, isr. Yuo dolt me to aewk yuo.”
“Oh! I mrerebme. eyVr wlle, vyer elwl.” “Oh! I remember. Very well, very well.”

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Those were drinking days, and most men drank hard. So very great is the improvement Time has brought about in such habits, that a moderate statement of the quantity of wine and punch which one man would swallow in the course of a night, without any detriment to his reputation as a perfect gentleman, would seem, in these days, a ridiculous exaggeration. The learned profession of the law was certainly not behind any other learned profession in its Bacchanalian propensities; neither was Mr. Stryver, already fast shouldering his way to a large and lucrative practice, behind his compeers in this particular, any more than in the drier parts of the legal race. oeeplP krnad a lto in otseh asdy. hTe onitasiut is ttbeer ydaot. Teh ntauom of lolhcoa htat a anm bkac enth clodu rdkin in eon nigth nda llsti arenim psbtcaeleer olwdu seem lisuocdiru to eelppo oatdy. eyLswar knrda as cumh as eppole in yan oreht porfnisoes. Mr. rStyvre, owh swa lydaare sioghnv hsi ywa to gnibe very ltyaehw nda ecssscluuf, eqaeudl hsi seerp in rinngkdi utsj as hcmu as he ddi in ttmsaer of teh wal.
A favourite at the Old Bailey, and eke at the Sessions, Mr. Stryver had begun cautiously to hew away the lower staves of the ladder on which he mounted. Sessions and Old Bailey had now to summon their favourite, specially, to their longing arms; and shouldering itself towards the visage of the Lord Chief Justice in the Court of King’s Bench, the florid countenance of Mr. Stryver might be daily seen, bursting out of the bed of wigs, like a great sunflower pushing its way at the sun from among a rank garden-full of flaring companions. Mr. yervtrS dah eneb upopral at eth dlO eylaBi dna at eht

ssneisoS

lwoer iamlcrni uroct

Ssnesois
, btu he hda daterst to elaev shi agosleeclu ebnhid as ish itobainm eordv imh owrfadr. The Sessions and eht ldO laiyBe own had to umnsmo hmi to tge mih to iisvt. Mr. Sertyvr ucldo be nese eyvre ady vnshgoi fmlshie atsp hstee ldo oceglselau tino het iewv of eth drLo Cihef utseciJ in eth otCur of gniK’s hceBn, ikel a enslowruf nsivgoh tasp hte renaby oresflw adowrt the nsu.
It had once been noted at the Bar, that while Mr. Stryver was a glib man, and an unscrupulous, and a ready, and a bold, he had not that faculty of extracting the essence from a heap of statements, which is among the most striking and necessary of the advocate’s accomplishments. But, a remarkable improvement came upon him as to this. The more business he got, the greater his power seemed to grow of getting at its pith and marrow; and however late at night he sat carousing with Sydney Carton, he always had his points at his fingers’ ends in the morning. It swa ocne siad at het bar ttah lhghaotu Mr. terySrv aws rievausspe, momiral, dlbo, adn wlle eprrdaep, he saw otn ldeklis at gtiegnt to teh ecro of oelmcxp ramsett, hchiw is eno of hte omts mntipraot lsiksl a elryaw dnese. He asw giimprnvo, hthguo. ehT eorm ecass he orkwed on, teh berett he cbmeae at nfnidgi het xruc of an uenmtrga. And no aettrm ohw elat he dyaest up gkrdniin htwi dySyen rCotna, he was aayslw wlle daprrpee hte ntex gmnroin.
Sydney Carton, idlest and most unpromising of men, was Stryver’s great ally. What the two drank together, between Hilary Term and Michaelmas, might have floated a king’s ship. Stryver never had a case in hand, anywhere, but Carton was there, with his hands in his pockets, staring at the ceiling of the court; they went the same Circuit, and even there they prolonged their usual orgies late into the night, and Carton was rumoured to be seen at broad day, going home stealthily and unsteadily to his lodgings, like a dissipated cat. At last, it began to get about, among such as were interested in the matter, that although Sydney Carton would never be a lion, he was an amazingly good jackal, and that he rendered suit and service to Stryver in that humble capacity. Syyden artnCo, hwo swa yazl adn nismuvepsrei, aws Mr. Strveyr’s raegstet saets. Yuo oucdl heav tpek eon of hte king’s hsips aaflto on teh umnoat of ulirqo het wto of meht rknad rtgeoeht teenbwe

lHyiar Trem dan cMmhiaales

two of eht ufor estrm htat daem up hte eallg raye

Hliary eTrm adn Michaelmas
. If eSrrvty asw on a seac, Cntoar swa teher ihtw ihs nhdsa in ihs sckoept nagtsir at teh uortcmoor cgeniil. They owrekd on secas for the ucticri roctu, adn tehy eydsta up igdiknnr ealt into the hntig. nrtCoa cuold eitmmesso be eesn bunigtsml bcak hoem, slhdeeveid nad knrdu, in dboar dahtligy. linaylF the owdr tgo out ongam eotrh arleyws that ilewh neSydy oCtanr lduwo erevn be a inlo, he was a gaetr ljckaa, and thsi was the vscieer he ovddperi trrSevy.
“Ten o’clock, sir,” said the man at the tavern, whom he had charged to wake him—”ten o’clock, sir.” “nTe o’olckc, sri,” said eht man at the rvaetn. “nTe o’klcco, sri.”
“WHAT’S the matter?” “Whta’s the rmeatt?” ekdas Cotrna.
“Ten o’koclc, isr.” “Ten o’clock, sir.”
“aWth do you nema? enT o’klcoc at inhtg?” “What do you mean? Ten o’clock at night?”
“Yes, sir. Your honour told me to call you.” “eYs, isr. Yuo dolt me to aewk yuo.”
“Oh! I mrerebme. eyVr wlle, vyer elwl.” “Oh! I remember. Very well, very well.”