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factions arise; and families now and then spring up, whose ambition and intrigues throw the whole system into confusion. Thus in latter days has the tranquillity of Little Britain been grievously disturbed, and its golden simplicity of manners threatened with total subversion, by the aspiring family of a retired butcher.

The family of the Lambs had long been among the most thriving and popular in the neighbourhood: the Miss Lambs were the belles of Little Britain, and every body was pleased when OldLamb had made money enough to shut up shop, and put his name on a brass plate on his door. In an evil hour, however, one of the Miss Lambs had the honour of being a lady in attendance on the Lady Mayoress, at her grand annual ball, on which occasion she wore three towering ostrich feathers on her head. The family never got over it; they were immediately smitten with a passion for high life; set up a one horse carriage, put a hit of gold lace round the errand b

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since. They could no longer be induced to
play at Pope-Joan or blindman's-buff; they
could endure no dances but quadrilles, which
nobody had ever heard of in Little Britain ; and
they took to reading novels, talking bad French,
and playing upon the piano. Their brother
too, who had been articled to an attorney, set
up for a dandy and a critic, characters hitherto
unknown in these parts; and he confounded
the worthy folks exceedingly by talking about
Kean, the Opera, and the Edinbro' Review.

What was still worse, the Lambs gave a grand
ball, to which they neglected to invite any of
their old neighbours ; but they had a great deal
of genteel company from Theobald's Road,
Red-lion Square, and other parts towards the
west. There were several beaux of their
brother's acquaintance from Gray's Inn Lane
and Hatton Garden; and not less than three
Aldermen's ladies with their daughters. This
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factions arise; and families now and then spring up, whose ambition and intrigues throw the whole system into confusion. Thus in latter days has the tranquillity of Little Britain been grievously disturbed, and its golden simplicity of manners threatened with total subversion, by the aspiring family of a retired butcher. · The family of the Lambs had long been among the most thriving and popular in the neighbourhood : the Miss Lambs were the belles of Little Britain, and every body was pleased when Old Lamb had made money enough to shut up shop, and put his name on a brass plate on his door. In an evil hour, however, one of the Miss Lambs had the honour of being a lady in attendance on the Lady Mayoress, at her grand annual ball, on which occasion she wore three towering ostrich feathers on her head. The family never got over it; they were immediately smitten with a passion for high life; set up a one horse carriage, put a bit of gold lace round the errand boy's hat, and have been the talk and detestation of the whole neighbourhood ever

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