In Denis Duval's Country.
I N his interesting " Reminiscences," Dean Hole has a characteristic notice of Thackeray. "I went," he says, "with Leech, and the servant told us that he was engaged. As we were going disappointed away, Miss Thackeray opened the door and called to us, ' Of course, papa will see you.' We went up to his study, and found him sitting, more suo, with his face turned to the back of his chair, on which a small board was fastened for his writing materials. He sighed, and said he was wearied by his long monotonous work (it was nigh the end, for the last pages of ' Denis Duval' were before him); and Leech said, ' Why don't you have a holiday and take the girls to the seaside?' He made no verbal answer, but, rising slowly, plunged his hands to the very bottom of his pockets, brought them out, shook, replaced them, and then resumed his seat."
There is room for difference of opinion as to which is Thackeray's masterpiece, but there are