"A Tale of Two Cities"
by Charles Dickens

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     "Indeed, sir? That was before my time here, sir. Before our people's time here, sir. The George was in other hands at that time, sir."

     "I believe so."

     "But I would hold a pretty wager, sir, that a House like Tellson and Company was flourishing, a matter of fifty, not to speak of fifteen years ago?"

     "You might treble that, and say a hundred and fifty, yet not be far from the truth."

     "Indeed, sir!"


     Rounding his mouth and both his eyes, as he stepped backward from the table, the waiter shifted his napkin from his right arm to his left, dropped into a comfortable attitude, and stood surveying the guest while he ate and drank, as from an observatory or watchtower. According to the immemorial usage of waiters in all ages.

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