Wanted -- A Rich Godpapa!

When one door shuts another opens,’ say the saucy servants; and fortune was equally favourable to our friend Mr Sponge. Though he could not think of anyone to whom he could volunteer a visit, Dame Fortune provided him with an overture from a party who wanted him! But we will introduce his new host, or rather victim.

People hunt from various motives -- some for the love of the thing -- some for show -- some for fashion -- some for health -- some for appetites -- some for coffee-housing -- some to say they have hunted -- some because others hunt.

Mr Jogglebury Crowdey did not hunt from any of these motives, and it would puzzle a conjurer to make out why he hunted; indeed, the members of the different hunts he patronised -- for he was one of the round-about, non-subscribing sort -- were long in finding out. It was observed that he generally affected countries abounding in large woods, such as Stretchaway Forest, Hazelbury Chase, and Oakington Banks, into which he would dive with the greatest avidity. At first people thought he was a very keen hand, anxious to see a fox handsomely found, if he could not see him handsomely finished, against which latter luxury his figure and activity, or want of activity, were somewhat opposed. Indeed, when we say that he went by the name of the Woolpack, our readers will be able to imagine the style of man he was: long-headed, short-necked, large-girthed, dumpling-legged little fellow, who, like most fat men, made himself dangerous by compressing a most unreasonable stomach into a circumscribed coat, each particular button of which looked as if it was ready to burst off, and knock out the eye of anyone who might have the temerity to ride alongside of him. He was a puffy, wheezy, sententious little fellow, who accompanied his parables with a snort into a large finely-plaited shirt-frill, reaching nearly up to his nose. His hunting-costume consisted of a black coat and waistcoat, with white moleskin breeches, much cracked and darned about the knees and other parts, as nether garments made of that treacherous stuff often are. His shapeless tops, made regardless of the refinements of ‘right and left,’ dangled at his horse’s sides like a couple of stable-buckets; and he carried his heavy iron hammer-headed whip over his shoulder like a flail. But we are drawing his portrait instead of saying why he hunted. Well, then, having married Mrs Springwheat’s sister, who was always boasting to Mrs Crowdey what a loving, doating husband Springey was after hunting, Mrs Crowdey had induced Crowdey to try his hand, and though soon satisfied that he hadn’t the slightest taste for the sport, but being a great man for what he called gibbey-sticks, he hunted for the purpose of finding them. As we said before, he generally appeared at large woodlands, into which he would ride with the hounds, plunging through the stiffest clay, and forcing his way through the strongest thickets, making observations all the while of the hazels, and the hollies, and the blackthorns, and, we are sorry to say, sometimes of the young oaks and ashes, that he thought would fashion into curious-handled walking-sticks; and these he would return for at a future day, getting them with as large clubs as possible, which he would cut into the heads of beasts or birds, or fishes, or men. At the time of which we are writing, he had accumulated a vast quantity -- thousands; the garret at the top of his house was quite full, so were most of the closets, while the rafters in the kitchen, and cellars, and outhouses, were crowded with others in a state of déeshabille. He calculated his stock at immense worth, we don’t know how many thousand pounds; and as he cut, and puffed, and wheezed, and modelled, with a volume of Buffon, or the picture of some eminent man before him, he chuckled, and thought how well he was providing for his family. He had been at it so long, and argued so stoutly, that Mrs Jogglebury Crowdey, if not quite convinced of the accuracy of his calculations, nevertheless thought it well to encourage his hunting predilections, inasmuch as it brought him in contact with people he would not otherwise meet, who, she thought, might possibly be useful to their children. Accordingly, she got him his breakfast betimes on hunting-mornings, charged his pockets with currant-buns, and saw to the mending of his moleskins when he came home, after any of those casualties that occur as well in the chase as in gibbey-stick hunting.

A stranger being a marked man in a rural country, Mr Sponge excited more curiosity in Mr Jogglebury Crowdey’s mind than Mr Jogglebury Crowdey did in Mr Sponge’s. In truth, Jogglebury was one of those unsportsmanlike beings, that a regular fox-hunter would think it waste of words to enquire about, and if Mr Sponge saw him, he did not recollect him; while, on the other hand, Mr Jogglebury Crowdey went home very full of our friend. Now Mrs Jogglebury Crowdey was a fine, bustling, managing woman, with

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