By Bill O'Reilly

ISBN-10: 0767930967

ISBN-13: 9780767930963

Then it occurred. sooner or later I blurted out a few dumb comment, and sister lurana was once on me like a panther. Her black behavior blocked out all distractions as she leaned down, appeared me within the eye, and uttered phrases i have not forgotten: " William, you're a daring clean piece of humanity"...

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She used to say that the only thing she regarded as stupid about her ancestors was their having been Jacobites. 4 She had an enormous family of sons and daughters, most of whom came to lunch with her every Sunday. Her eldest son was a Mohammedan, and almost stone deaf. Her second son, Lyulph, was a freethinker, and spent his time fighting the Church on the London School Board. Her third son, Algernon, was a Roman Catholic priest, a Papal Chamberlain and Bishop of Emmaus. Lyulph was witty, encyclopaedic, and caustic.

He had been brought up in America, and was exceedingly sophisticated. He was lazy and lackadaisical, but had remarkable ability in a great many directions, notably in mathematics. He could tell the year of any reputable wine or cigar. He could eat a spoonful of mixed mustard and Cayenne pepper. He was intimate with Continental brothels. His knowledge of literature was extensive, and while an undergraduate at Cambridge, he acquired a fine library of first editions. When he first came to the crammer’s, I took to him at once, because he was at any rate a civilised being, which none of the others were.

After the first beginnings of Algebra, however, everything else went smoothly. I used to enjoy impressing a new tutor with my knowledge. ’ he said. ‘Oh, I know all about couples’, I replied airily. My grandmother was always afraid that I should overwork, and kept my hours of lessons very short. The result was that I used to work in my bedroom on the sly with one candle, sitting at my desk in a night-shirt on cold evenings, ready to blow out the candle and pop into bed at the slightest sound. I hated Latin and Greek, and thought it merely foolish to learn a language that nobody speaks.

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