A Half-Day's Ride: Or, Estates in Corsica

A Half-Day's Ride: Or, Estates in Corsica

A Half-Day's Ride: Or, Estates in Corsica

A Half-Day's Ride: Or, Estates in Corsica

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Last night at the circus I found myself thinking of Charles Lever seldom-read novel, "A Day's Ride, a Life's Romance." The impetus had gone out of the proceedings, the band blared no more, the crack of the ring-master's whip no longer resounded; the spangled lady, whose feats of horsewomanship were below what we had expected, sat on her steed, while the ring-master and the clown rubbed up a dialogue that was barely entertaining. Why did these slack moments remind me of the life's romance of Algernon Sydney Potts? Because it would be in such subdued vagabondage that Lever's hero would find himself. Indeed, that clown in ultra- evening dress, with chalk-covered countenance, might be Potts himself at the moment of a new disillusionment.

There is a circus horse in "A Day's Ride," and there are circus people too--old Vaterchen and little Tintefleck or Catinka. Yet it is not only because of these performers that the story reminds me of the circus and the circus reminds me of the story. If he had started off on any other horse--ay, if he had never fallen in with old Vaterchen and little Catinka, Algernon Sydney Potts . . .

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