‘After making a futile attempt to pull off his shoes, he fell into the fireplace.‘ is a quotation from Martin Chuzzlewit (Chapter 9).
Martin Chuzzlewit is the sixth novel by Charles Dickens originally published between 1843 and 1844.
Seth Pecksniff has a lucky escape after a little too much drink whilst recalling his dead wife with self-pity in front of friends and family.
Taken from the following passage in Chapter 9 of the novel Martin Chuzzlewit:
‘Bless my life, Miss Pecksniffs!’ cried Mrs Todgers, aloud, ‘your dear pa’s took very poorly!’
Mr Pecksniff straightened himself by a surprising effort, as every one turned hastily towards him; and standing on his feet, regarded the assembly with a look of ineffable wisdom. Gradually it gave place to a smile; a feeble, helpless, melancholy smile; bland, almost to sickliness. ‘Do not repine, my friends,’ said Mr Pecksniff, tenderly. ‘Do not weep for me. It is chronic.’ And with these words, after making a futile attempt to pull off his shoes, he fell into the fireplace.
The youngest gentleman in company had him out in a second. Yes, before a hair upon his head was singed, he had him on the hearth-rug—her father!
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