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  • He pooh-poohed my thanks jovially-I was sitting up in my cot in Barclay's back-parlour looking pale and interesting-and was all agog to know who I was, for there hadn't been time to introduce myself before I'd keeled over, and how I'd come to be booming up from the Jornada with paint on my face and a war-party at my heels.


  • He belonged to some female, chiefly inhabiting a back-parlour, whose life appears to us to have been consumed in sniffing, and in wearing a brown beaver bonnet.

    Reprinted Pieces

  • Miss Cann dines with Mrs. Ridley in the adjoining little back-parlour.

    The Newcomes

  • The few friends who visited Miss Honeyman in her back-parlour had their Sallies, in discussing whose peculiarities of disposition these good ladies passed the hours agreeably over their tea.

    The Newcomes

  • My master rung in the back-parlour, and so I withdrew, and Mrs. Jervis went to attend him.


  • I agreed to take the back-parlour for the night, and while a

    The Great Hoggarty Diamond

  • They had seen me reading out of the prayer-book at the back-parlour window, and all burst into a yell of laughter when I came to walk in the cage.

    The Great Hoggarty Diamond

  • 'I never had an opening; but I have sat on Jessy's stool by your chair in the back-parlour at Briarmains, for evenings together, listening excitedly to your talk, half-admiring what you said, and half-rebelling against it.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • He was already half-way across - three steps more would have anchored him in the harbour of the back-parlour - when the front door opened, and there stood Matthew.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • Ere ascending to his chamber he paid a secret visit to the dining-room, a still, cold, stately apartment, seldom used; for the family customarily dined in the back-parlour.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte


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