Charles Lamb in “The Superannuated Man” has given an account of his feeling before and after his retirement. Lamb served as a clerk for long thirty-six years. Lamb in “The Superannuated Man” has given an account of his feeling before and after his retirement. Lamb served as a clerk for long thirty-six years and then . Posts about The Superannuated Man by Charles Lamb written by msatyaprakash .

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Charles Lamb’s father, John Lamb, supearnnuated a Lincolnshire boy, who had come up to London at the age of fifteen to make his start in life in the smart new livery of a gentleman’s servant. The Lambs had never seen anything Hke it before.

Amn valuable bibliography by E. I grow ominously tired of official confinement. Read More Teaching English The new method is the outcome of his research.

He had his tea and hot rolls every morning, while the other boys ” battened ” on dry bread and small beer, poured into wooden superannuatrd out of a leather black-jack. Matthew Field, the under master, was a much ; gentler type of person, who never used the rod, and only flicked with the cane, and was not to be compared, as a teacher, with the passionate Boyer.


I could scarce trust myself with myself. It was a happy coincidence that Emtoia’s ” silk dress ” came home at the identical time that Talfourd, too, ” took silk.

Will no kindly earthquake come and swallow up those accursed cotton mills? And here let me caution persons grown old in active business, not lightly, nor without weighing their own resources, to forego their customary employment all at once, superannuatdd there may be danger in it.

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I missed his kindness, and I missed his crossness, and wished him to be ahve again, to be quarrelling with him. Now, the author could visit the church on Sundays without worrying about the scarce time being lost.

A villain, Matravis, comes into the plot, the impersonation of ” black manhood ” ; and the story that opens in innocence and sunshine finishes in night and silence, in horror and anguish and despair.


Charles Lamb of the India House ; independently of their signature, their superior merit would have suffi- ciently distinguished them. In my days of childhood, in my joyful schooldays — All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

There had been noticeable a tinge of patronage in Coleridge’s manner, which had hurt Charkes ; and Coleridge had not only forgotten to write of late, but had forgotten to send back the greatcoat: Msn was oppressed with a fear that his mental powers were declining and he was afraid that he made some serious mistakes in handling the figures in the account books kept by him.

It felt as if he had entered the realm of Eternity. Charles Lamb died, Dec.

But when the first shock of bewilderment subsided, he took a sober view of his blessings and advantages. On facing the team, he could see a small smile in Mr. Salt never laughed and never ” trifled, or talked gallantly,” or in fact paid even the most ordinary attention to the ladies, more than one of whom but one especially, a sister of a colleague who paced the terrace had ” unravelled into beauty certain pecuHarities of this very shy and retiring character.

With soft and lady speech the first applies The mild correctives that to grace belong To her redundant friend, who her defies With jest, and mad discourse, and bursts of song. Time stands still in a manner to me. God be praised, Coleridge! Thirty years have I served the Philistines, and my neck is not subdued to the yoke.

If ever Charles acted unwisely, it was because “my guardian angel was away at the time. On 12th April, a very tense moment arrived when he was asked to stay back after the office hours.

Lamb himself, very shaky still, went by coach to fetch her home again.

He resigned his title almost to respect as a master, if L. Brother and sister were in a Uttle cottage in Chagles, belonging to a Mr. In Lamb was growing ominously tired of ” official confinement,” and ” a certain deadness to everything ” followed on the death of his brother.

He takes to brooding, to disputing minor facts with his wife; he reads the paper from first page to last, and takes to napping in the afternoons. Just the other week, he was busy from dawn to dusk, or at least from 9. They tell me, a certain cum dignitate air, that has been buried so long with my other good parts, has begun to shoot forth in my person.


He was still hurt and angry with Coleridge; for Coleridge, before departing, had left a singularly untacttul message for him with Lloyd: A gentleman, brother to my godmother, from whom we never had right or reason to expect THE MIGHTY DEBT 29 any such assistance, sent my father twenty pounds ; and to crown all these God’s blessings to our family at such a time, an old lady, a cousin of my father and aunt’s, a gentlewoman of fortune, is to take my aunt and make her comfortable for the short remainder of her days.

Tom Hood gave Charles superannuxted big dog; but Dash the friendly harpies used to say he ought to have been called Rover was always running away ; and poor Charles, in his character of Retired Leisure, was quite unable to run after Dash. Is it not ridiculous that I sometimes envy that greatcoat lingering so cunningly behind 1 At present I have none ; charlss send it to me by a Stowey waggon, if there be such a thing.

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The volume of blank verse had been a failure ; but the ” miniature romance ” had brought Lamb a few pounds ; and, as a first sign of success, he paid a visit to his tailor: As Charles wrote, the moon shone in at his window ; and the moonlight idealised even Chapel Street, Pentonville.

Many were the forebodings of friends on both sides — afterwards justified — as to the wisdom of this union. I wandered about, thinking I was happy, and knowing that I was not.

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