Lucy looked at him silently for a while. Then she said slowly, "I see. Yes, I see you wouldn't want to, of course. They are scum. And you're not. But I am, I think. I belong to the same sort of people they do. I could swindle and cheat too, I expect. It's the people at the bottom who do that. They're my relations, you see, not yours." "My dear Lucy, only Peter is your relation."
You may learn to know yourself through love, as you do after years of life, whether you are fit to lift them that are about you, or whether you are but a cheat, and a load on the backs of your fellows. The impure perishes, the inefficient languishes, the moderate comes to its autumn of decay these are of the kinds which aim at satisfaction to die of it soon or late.
Instances of like nature are Minos and king Numa, both which fooled the people into obedience by a mere cheat and juggle; the first by pretending he was advised by Jupiter, the latter by making the vulgar believe he had the goddess AEgeria assistant to him in all debates and transactions. And indeed it is by such wheedles that the common people are best gulled, and imposed upon.
"Besides, sir, most of these men have lived for generations under the Buxtons. I'd give you my life, they would not cheat me." Mr. Henry coldly said: "I imagine a close examination of these books by some accountant will be the best proof of the honesty of these said tenants.
"Hope, go up stairs!" shouted the old gentleman. "And what are you doing in my house, you scamps?" He lifted his cane as he came toward them. "I knew all this fighting business yesterday was a conspiracy a swindling cheat to get into this house! I've a mind to break your impudent bones!" "Why, Sir," said Abel, "you gave me leave to come here and sketch."
Never reflecting that the wise woman had told her she would find food there WHEN SHE WAS HUNGRY, she flew into one of her furies, calling her a cheat, and a thief, and a liar, and an ugly old witch, and an ogress, and I do not know how many wicked names besides. She raged until she was quite exhausted, and then fell fast asleep on her chair. When she awoke the fire was out.
He had striven to put a cheat upon himself by making the avowal of a guilty conscience, but had gained only one other sin, and a self-acknowledged shame, without the momentary relief of being self-deceived. He had spoken the very truth, and transformed it into the veriest falsehood. And yet, by the constitution of his nature, he loved the truth, and loathed the lie, as few men ever did.
The Frenchman will pick a quarrel with him, and cheat him out of earldom and money too." The which William did, within three years. "May it be so! But when he came into the king's grace, he must needs demand me back in his son's name." "What does Dolfin want with you?" "His father wants my money, and stipulated for it with the king. And beside, I suppose I am a pretty plaything enough still."
"Yes, sir, I think so," I said. "Then something must be mixed up, whiting and tallow ought to do it." "Yes, Ching see; makee head velly white." "That will do, then." "No," said Ching sharply. "No tlouser, no boot?" "That will not matter, my man, so long as they are right in their upper rigging." "Light in upper ligging!" said Ching. "Ah, you go cheat, gammon pilate?"
Charles Lamb seems to think, a code existing only in the imagination of dramatists. It is, on the contrary, a code actually received and obeyed by great numbers of people. We need not go to Utopia or Fairyland to find them. They are near at hand. Every night some of them cheat at the hells in the Quadrant, and others pace the Piazza in Covent Garden.