This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 Excerpt: ...When we came in we used to lay the case before Blobb, with a considerable difference in our several descriptions of the lie. Blobb was a ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 Excerpt: ...When we came in we used to lay the case before Blobb, with a considerable difference in our several descriptions of the lie. Blobb was a very diplomatic man. He used to listen to the one party with a bland smile, wagging his head with immense intelligence. When the speaker had finished, Blobb would take his pipe from his mouth and say, with a chuckle, "Ou aye." Then it was the turn of the other party. Blobb listened with the same bland smile and the same wise wagging of the intelligent head, and at the end he again took his pipe from his mouth and said "Ou aye," with identical intonation. Then the parties left him, perfectly satisfied, but with an added element of discord between them, for each was utterly convinced that "Old Blobb" had agreed with him only to the confusion of the absurd contentions of the other. It was Blobb's great merit, as an oracle, that he so seldom expressed an opinion. Nobody could point to an occasion on which he could say that Blobb had been wrong. It did not occur to us that it was equally difficult to find an occasion on which Blobb had been right. His attitude through life was one of inspired neutrality and non-committal. Personally, Blobb was not an attractive man. He was extraordinarily like a gnome. Indeed, he had spent much of his life underground, mining in the neighbourhood of Musselburgh, and very probably he had brought up with him some queer power of terrestrial magnetism. His head was very large and square, his body also square, and about the same size as his head. His legs were thin and bowed. His hair was remarkably black and straight, but rather scanty, and this applied equally to his beard and moustache. His face had rather the appearance of having a large claret mark all over it, but...Read Less
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