Some men in his blighted position would have taken to drinking; but as Mr Swiveller had taken to that before, he only took, on receiving the news that Sophy Wackles was lost to him for ever, to playing the flute
; thinking after mature consideration that it was a good, sound, dismal occupation, not only in unison with his own sad thoughts, but calculated to awaken a fellow- feeling in the bosoms of his neighbours.
I dreamed, I thought, that once while he was blowing into this dismal flute
, the old woman of the house, who had gone nearer and nearer to him in her ecstatic admiration, leaned over the back of his chair and gave him an affectionate squeeze round the neck, which stopped his playing for a moment.
"Why should you expect me to oblige you by hearing you play the flute
, any more than I should expect you to oblige me by not playing it?"
In the villages he played upon his flute
to pay for his food and his night's lodging.
This was a vagrant of sixty-five, who was going to prison for NOT playing the flute
; or, in other words, for begging in the streets, and doing nothing for his livelihood.
If what is now said does not make this clear, we will explain it still further: if there should be any one, a very excellent player on the flute
, but very deficient in family and beauty, though each of them are more valuable endowments than a skill in music, and excel this art in a higher degree than that player excels others, yet the best flutes
ought to be given to him; for the superiority [1283a] in beauty and fortune should have a reference to the business in hand; but these have none.
As soon as the next moon was full the hunter's wife went to the mill-pond, played on a golden flute
, and when she had finished placed it on the bank.
"I apprehend your flute
, which, by the by, I am glad to see you have brought, will be rather in the PENSEROSO style this evening, Mr.
Epic poetry and Tragedy, Comedy also and Dithyrambic: poetry, and the music of the flute
and of the lyre in most of their forms, are all in their general conception modes of imitation.
She is well-pleased with the sound of rattles and of timbrels, with the voice of flutes
and the outcry of wolves and bright-eyed lions, with echoing hills and wooded coombes.
And now from underneath the catafalque, so it seemed, there rose a low sweet sound of flutes
, which, coming unbroken by human voice (for there silence itself kept silence), had a soft and languishing effect.
Their outward garments were adorned with the figures of suns, moons, and stars; interwoven with those of fiddles, flutes
, harps, trumpets, guitars, harpsichords, and many other instruments of music, unknown to us in Europe.