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  • In such an establishment, the white-aproned pot-boy with his shirtsleeves arranged in a tight roll on each bare shoulder, was a mere hint of the possibility of physical force, thrown out as a matter of state and form.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • The sapient pot-boy, looking on officially, then had the conviction borne in upon his soul, that the man was evermore outcast and excommunicate from the Six

    Our Mutual Friend

  • The woman at the bar who served him looked at him wonderingly, staring into his face; and the pot-boy woke himself thoroughly that he might look at Burgo; and the waterman from the cab-stand stared at him; and women who came in for gin looked almost lovingly up into his eyes.

    Can You Forgive Her?

  • But luck had been with her this time; their pot-boy had signed with the army and gone off to the city and there was no one in the village willing or able to take his place.

    The Lark And The Wren

  • I hastened to the pavilion, collared a pint of ale from the pot-boy, and hadn't had time to do more than blow off the froth when there were two more wickets down, and Brown says: "In you go, Flashman."

    Flashman's Lady

  • There was a pot-boy with his sleeves rolled up to his shoulders like the one in Our Mutual Friend.

    Killer Dolphin

  • Jerrold, as a wasp, is gazing ruefully at the bâton which has dropped from Punch's feeble hands; and Mark Lemon, dressed as a pot-boy, is straining himself in the foreground to reach his pewter-pot.

    The History of "Punch"

  • The advertisements, too, are of a similarly satirical character, one of them showing, as an illustration of a "patent blacking," Mark Lemon (as pot-boy) looking at his own likeness in the polish of a Wellington boot which reflects a rearing donkey.

    The History of "Punch"

  • I had no fear, because I had health and strength to do several things to earn my bread, (I could sing if I could do nothing else) and never once lost sight of the persuasion that I should one time or other be something better than a pot-boy or a mechanic.

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Volume I, Number 3

  • America, one of whom recollects to have seen young John figuring there in capacity of waiter, or as it is commonly called in England, pot-boy.

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Volume I, Number 3

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