The Forsyte Saga - Complete
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cleanshaven under his snowy wig. Like all the rest of the court, Waterbuck rose, and remained on his feet until the judge was seated. James rose but slightly; he was already comfortable, and had no opinion of Bentham, having sat next but one to him at dinner twice at the Burnley Tomms’. Burnley Tomm was rather a poor thing, though he had been so successful. James himself had given him his first brief. He was excited, too, for he had just found out that Bosinney was not in court. ‘Now, what’s he
river, the paling flashes flicked his eyes; the poplar tops showed sharp and dense against the sky, a heavy shower rustled and rattled and veiled in the little house wherein he sat, indifferent, thinking. When the storm was over, he left his retreat and went down the wet path to the river bank. Two swans had come, sheltering in among the reeds. He knew the birds well, and stood watching the dignity in the curve of those white necks and formidable snake-like heads. ‘Not dignified—what I have to
was based on Part I of Goethe’s Faust (1808). In London it was first performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1863. 332 Marguerite … Mephisto: Marguerite and Méphistophélès are characters in Gounod’s Faust. 337 Carmen: an opera by Georges Bizet, based on the novel by Prosper Mérimée, first performed in London at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1878. entr’acte: interval. 338 Habanera: danza habanera, or Havana dance, a slow Cuban dance and song, employed famously by Bizet in Carmen. 344 sand-boy: a boy
ever driven four-in-hand, or was ever likely to, but because of something distinguished in the sound. Four-in-hand Forsyte! Not bad! Born too soon, Swithin had missed his vocation. Coming upon London twenty years later, he could not have failed to have become a stockbroker, but at the time when he was obliged to select, this great profession had not as yet become the chief glory of the upper-middle class. He had literally been forced into auctioneering. Once in the driving seat, with the reins
suggesting the brittleness of his self-control, and anticipating his subsequent violence against her. Another particularly illuminating insight occurs when Soames discovers with amazement that his father’s long-serving butler, Warmson, is not only married but has a son about to be sent out to South Africa. This moment of rare human contact between the social classes emphasizes simultaneously the gulf between them and their shared patriotism and familial anxiety, for Soames’s nephew has also