Titolo: The Glory and Shame of England (The ...
Casa editrice: Irish University Press, Shannon
Data di pubblicazione: 1971
Legatura: Hard Cover
Condizione libro: Good
Condizione sovraccoperta: No Jacket
Edizione: Facsimile Reprint.
601 pp. Two volumes. Page edges & endpapers grubby. Black boards bumped & shelf-worn. Facsimile reprint of 1866 edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice inventario libreria 030824
Riassunto: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ... a man of spirit and sensibility, as the thought of being one day compelled to enter a workhouse. It is a dark cloud, that hangs on the vision of every poor man in England when he looks into the future. These workhouses are often the scenes of great cruelty, privation, and suffering. The description which that master painter of human wo, Charles Dickens, has given of the workhouse, will not do, we all know, for the majority of them; but it will do for many. You have read Parliamentary reports, books, pamphlets, etc., on this subject; conversed with those who are familiar with it; perhaps witnessed the workhouse system in England with your own eyes. You are aware that in many instances the keepers speculate on the stomachs of parish paupers; keeping them upon short or damaged food; denying them many of the most common necessaries of life, and all its comforts. Instances are not a few in which the inmates of these houses die in lonely, filthy chambers by night, without medical aid; without an attendant; without even a rush-light to flicker over their pillows THE DYING PAUPER. 153 while they are passing through death's struggles. The selfish avarice of the keeper combines with the interest of the parish to shorten the pauper's days, and rid themselves of the thankless burden as quickly as possible. To accomplish this, the cords of life are cut asunder by cold neglect and barbarous treatment. All that is known about such cases is, that the prayer of the dying pauper is often denied, when he asks that the physician come may to him, or some one watch by his bed; or the minister of religion be called to breathe out a prayer for his soul; or, if he is to be left entirely alone while the soul is breaking away from its shattered house, that they will have...
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