Here there were no white men, no soldiers, nor any rubber
or ivory to be gathered for cruel and thankless taskmasters.
was over a few minutes later and the little party broke up.
But he was trapped amid the palms and rubber
He mitigated the pain of that confession with a pinch of snuff, and went to the whist table to wait until the end of the rubber
gave him a place at the game.
To him therefore Lady Bellaston applied as a proper instrument for her purpose, and furnished him with a fib, which he was to vent whenever the lady gave him her cue; and this was not to be till the evening, when all the company but Lord Fellamar and himself were gone, and while they were engaged in a rubber at whist.
To this time then, which was between seven and eight in the evening, we will convey our reader; when Lady Bellaston, Lord Fellamar, Miss Western, and Tom, being engaged at whist, and in the last game of their rubbers, Tom received his cue from Lady Bellaston, which was, "I protest, Tom, you are grown intolerable lately; you used to tell us all the news of the town, and now you know no more of the world than if you lived out of it.
The following morning, at eleven o'clock, she presented herself at the offices of the Imperial and West African Rubber Company.
Charles saw them in, civil to the last, and in a moment the offices of the Imperial and West African Rubber Company faded away.
As he stood there, gazing into the middle distance, an individual of dishevelled aspect sidled up, a vagrant of almost the maximum seediness, from whose midriff there protruded a trayful of a strange welter of collar-studs, shoe-laces, rubber
rings, buttonhooks, and dying roosters.
Come, come,' said the bustling host, with a natural anxiety to change the conversation, 'what say you to a rubber
But she did not succeed, for as she stood warming her rubbers
at the dining-room fire, wondering pensively as she did so if Maria Bailey had small feet, and if Tom ever put her rubbers
on for her, the little overshoes were taken out of her hands, and Tom's voice said, reproachfully, "Did you really mean to run away, and not let me go home with you?
Mr Swiveller and his partner played several rubbers
with varying success, until the loss of three sixpences, the gradual sinking of the purl, and the striking of ten o'clock, combined to render that gentleman mindful of the flight of Time, and the expediency of withdrawing before Mr Sampson and Miss Sally Brass returned.