THE subject for this chapter came into my head as,
looking out of my study window, I beheld the pathetic
picture of a poor, dilapidated, worn-out caricature of
a horse panting and blowing after he had dragged up
the hill a ramshackle, disreputable old landau in
which the family washing is returned by the laundress.
This visitation takes place once a week; that is to