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The room seemed half compting-room, half apartment.
Every single time you find that it is opaque and unknowable because there are so many compting and complimentary philosophies that led to the same catastrophic result.
The young lord would fain have accompanied him, in hope to get some explanation of the apparition which he had beheld, but he was stopped by his host, who requested to speak with him in his compting-room.
Sir Mungo had bid adieu to Master Heriot as he came out from the back compting-room, but such was the interest which he took in the affairs of his friend, that, when Master George went upstairs, he could not help walking into that sanctum sanctorum, to see how Master Roberts was employed.
We maun get another subsidy frae the Commons, and that will make ae compting of it.
There are four floors in this house, with a room on the second and third with a fire place in each, one intended for a compting room and the other for a lodging room.
The bane of married happiness among the city men in general has been, that finding themselves unfit for polite life, they transferred their vanity to their ladies, dressed them up gaily, and sent them out a gallanting, while the good man was to regale with port wine or rum punch, perhaps among mean companions, after the compting house was shut.
TRYON -- I forgot something concerning some jewels; these jewels were in a drawer under my table in the compting-house, he was privy to that, because he did frequent my house very long and was very familiar.
` ` Mr. Francis, '' he said, interrupting my expression of surprise and pleasure at seeing, him, ` ` I do not know if I am doing well in what I am about to say --- it is not right to speak of what passes in the compting-house out of doors --- one should not tell, as they say, to the post in the warehouse, how many lines there are in the ledger.
There was about an hour of daylight, when I left the compting-house of the consignees, and pursued my way up Wall Street to Broadway.
milosrdenstvi commented on the word compting
Looks like a Victorian hyper-correction to me.
July 8, 2011