As we do not disdain to borrow wit or wisdom from any man who is capable of lending us either, we have condescended to take a hint from these honest victuallers, and shall prefix not only a general bill of fare to our whole entertainment, but shall likewise give the reader particular bills to every course which is to be served up in this and the ensuing volumes.
In like manner, the excellence of the mental entertainment consists less in the subject than in the author's skill in well dressing it up.
Music, dancing, and a recitation or two were the entertainments furnished, or rather, offered.
Later a young brother and sister gave recitations, which every one present had heard many times at winter evening entertainments in the city.
I put these considerations, as frankly as usual, to Miss Vanstone; offering to write the Entertainment
, to manage all the business, and to share the profits.
Next day, to make some return for his entertainment
, he took upon him to divert me with some of those stories which the monks amuse simple people with, and told me of a devil that haunted a fountain, and used to make it his employment to plague the monks that came thither to fetch water, and continued his malice till he was converted by the founder of their order, who found him no very stubborn proselyte till they came to the point of circumcision; the devil was unhappily prepossessed with a strong aversion from being circumcised, which, however, by much persuasion, he at last agreed to, and afterwards taking a religious habit, died ten years after with great signs of sanctity.
From all his occupations he had gathered amusing anecdotes, which he told with a keen pleasure in his own powers of entertainment
. He had read a great deal, chiefly delighting in books which were unusual; and he poured forth his stores of abstruse knowledge with child-like enjoyment of the amazement of his hearers.
One night Caedmon crept away as usual, and went "out of the house where the entertainment was, to the stable, where he had to take care of the horses that night.
"He answered, 'I cannot sing; for that was the reason why I left the entertainment and retired to this place, because I cannot sing.'
At this unlooked-for entertainment
, the whole company of runaways laughed uproariously.
The mornings they spent driving to look at places of interest; the evenings they passed enjoying the national entertainments
. The prince rejoiced in health exceptional even among princes.
It transpired afterwards at various village entertainments
that Rebecca couldn't be kept in the background; it positively refused to hold her.