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The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

William Makepeace Thackeray

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I spose Mr. Frederic looked black, for I was ONLY listening, and he said, in a voice hagitated by emotion, "Mary," said he, "if you love me, ask me this no more: let it be sfishnt for you to know that I am a honest man, and that a secret, what it would be misery for you to larn, must hang over all my actions--that is from ten o'clock till six."

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The varlet valet or the orthographic footman. 15 juin 2013
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Charles Yellowplush does express a degree of remorse for his poor orthography as he rises in the fashionable world of snobs and becomes more like the residents of vanity fair whom he admires, though he does not seem to have learned how to correct the errors he regrets: "It's imposbill for me to continyow, however, a-writin, as I have done--violetting the rules of authography, and trampling upon the fust princepills of English grammar." Likewise, his disapproval of the duplicitous morals of his employers and their associates does not prevent him from imitating them, while offering unconvincing excuses for his lapses.

Charles starts life much in the same way as Oliver Twist, taken from a poor house when his proclivity for amorality, even at a very young age, attracts the attention of an apparently elegant gentleman, Frederick Altamont, but one who is in fact a prosperous crossing sweeper, , who is pursuing the lovely Mary Shum. Once Charles discovers the awful truth about Altamont, he can no longer continue in his service. He has his values as an aspiring snob to maintain.

He improves his amoral standing when he finds a place with the fashionable scoundrel, Deuceace, whom he assists in fleecing a vain gull, the fop Dawkins, before joining his employer on his journey to Paris, who does there in search of more marks as well as escape his creditors his England. He is later engaged by Captain Rook, yet another roguish cardsharp, with a doubtful military background, whom Yellowplush with typical disingenuous zeal helps to fleece a rich but naive gentleman. But all this is meat for the quaintly literate footman who is inspired by a fashionable society novelist comes to undertake an ambitious and scandalous enterprise.

In due course Charles becomes a rich man able to embark on a fashionable life of opera, society dinners and balls. But he is brought back to a humbler station when he comes to defend an old employer who "most unjustly assailing the character of a gentleman of high birth and talents, the son of the exemplary E-rl of Cr-bs. We repel, with scorn and indignation, the dastardly falsehoods of the malignant slanderer who vilified Mr. De--ce-ce, and beg to offer that gentleman the only reparation in our power for having thus tampered with his unsullied name."
Thackeray's varlet valet anticipates his later scoundrels like Barry Lyndon, but may be based on another self-promoting opportunist, Lardner, a fellow of the Royal Societies of London and Edinburgh, of the Royal Astronomical Society, of the Linnean Society, of the Zoological Society; an honorary fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society and of the Statistical Society of Paris; a member of the Royal Irish Academy, and a fellow of the Society for Promoting Useful Arts in Scotland. Thackeray preferred to think of him as a literary quack who was not a profound thinker, or man of letters, but rather a vacuous, pretentious lackey not so different to Yellowplush, if much less amusing.
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