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established on one pair of trestles, one board, and one sun-blind. With the renowned phrenologist from London, begging to be favoured (at sixpence each) with the company of clients of both sexes, to whom, on examination of their heads, he would make revelations "enabling him or her to know themselves." Through all these bargains and blessings, the recruiting-serjeant watchfully elbowed his way, a thread of War in the peaceful skein. Likewise on the walls were printed hints that the Oxford Blues might not be indisposed to hear of a few fine active young men; and that whereas the standard of that distinguished corps is full six feet, "growing lads of five feet eleven" need not absolutely despair of being accepted.
Scenting the morning air more pleasantly than the buried
majesty of Denmark did, Messrs. Idle and Goodchild rode away
from Carlisle at eight o'clock one forenoon, bound for the
village of Heske, Newmarket, some fourteen miles distant.
Goodchild (who had already begun to doubt whether he was
idle: as his way always is when he has nothing to do), had
read of a certain black old Cumberland hill or mountain,
called Carrock, or Carrock Fell; and had arrived at the
conclusion that it would be the culminating triumph of
Idleness to ascend the same. Thomas Idle, dwelling on the
pains inseparable from that achievement, had expressed the
strongest doubts of the expediency, and even of the sanity,
of the enterprise; but Goodchild had carried his point, and
they rode away.
Up hill and down hill, and twisting to the right, and twisting to the left, and with old Skiddaw (who has vaunted himself a great deal more than his merits deserve; but that is rather the way of the Lake country), dodging the apprentices in a picturesque and pleasant manner. Good, weather-proof, warm pleasant houses, well white-limed, scantily dotting the road. Clean children coming out to look, carrying other clean children as big as themselves. Harvest still lying out and much rained upon; here and there, harvest still unreaped. Well cultivated gardens attached to the cottages, with plenty of produce forced out of their hard soil. Lonely nooks, and wild; but people can be born, and married, and buried in such nooks, and can live and love, and be loved, there as elsewhere, thank God! (Mr. Goodchild's remark.) By-and-by, the village. Black, coarse-stoned, rough-windowed houses; some with outer staircases,
|-- Hesket Newmarket|
|-- "Skiddaw" -- Skiddaw|