Ginx's Baby: His Birth and Other Misfortunes: A Satire

Ginx's Baby: His Birth and Other Misfortunes: A Satire

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Ginx's Baby: His Birth and Other Misfortunes: A Satire

Ginx's Baby: His Birth and Other Misfortunes: A Satire

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I RETURN again to Ginx's menace to his wife, who was suckling her infant at the time on the bed. For her he had an animal affection, that preserved her from unkindness, even in his cups. His hand had never unmanned itself by striking her; and rarely, indeed, did it injure any one else. He wrestled not against flesh and blood, or powers or principalities, or wicked spirits in high places: he struggled with clods and stones and primeval chaos. His hands were horny with the fight; and his nature had perhaps caught some of the dull ruggedness of the things wherewith he battled. Hard and with a will had he worked through the years of wedded life; and, to speak him fair, he had acted honestly, within the limits of his knowledge and means, for the good of his family. How narrow were those limits! Every week he threw into the lap of Mrs. Ginx the eighteen or twenty shillings which his strength and temperance enabled him continuously to earn, less sixpence reserved for the public-house, whither he retreated on Sundays after the family dinner. A dozen children, over-running the space in his rooms, was then a strain beyond the endurance of Ginx. Nor had he the heart to try the common plan, and turn his children out of doors, on the chance of their being picked up in a raid of Sunday-school teachers. So he turned out himself to talk with the humbler spirits of "The Dragon," or listen sleepily while alehouse demagogues prescribed remedies for State abuses.

Our friend was nearly as guiltless of knowledge as if Eve had never rifled the tree whereon it grew. Vacant . . .

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