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  • How many a waverer has halted on the brink, gone perhaps to some public meeting and watched self-conscious Socialists dutifully addressing one another as ‘Comrade’, and then slid away, disillusioned, into the nearest four-ale bar!

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • There had been four-ale to drink at supper mixed with gingerbeer, very free and jolly in a jug.

    The History of Mr. Polly

  • They are in the fields and the streets, in the factories and the armed forces, in the four-ale bar and the suburban back garden; and at present they are still kept under by a generation of ghosts.

    The Lion and the Unicorn

  • How many a waverer has halted on the brink, gone perhaps to some public meeting and watched self-conscious Socialists dutifully addressing one another as ‘Comrade’, and then slid away, disillusioned, into the nearest four-ale bar!

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • Cousin George, his collar and tie unloosed, his swollen face purple and sagging, wallowed across the desk which now had a surface like a four-ale bar on a Saturday night.

    Police at the Funeral

  • "God ... it's old Georgie!" and then went to attend the four-ale bar.

    Nights in London

  • I like him best sitting round his open kitchen-range, piled with coke, or sitting in the four-ale bar of "The Griffin."

    Nights in London

  • By the time we reached Priddlestone, we had a quart of four-ale down us, let alone what we'd had before, and, as the saying is, one glass leads to another.

    The Lord of the Sea

  • When they reached the tavern they left the cart standing by the kerb, and went inside, where Crass ordered two pints of four-ale, which he permitted Sawkins to pay for.

    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

  • The name was applied to the tea that they made in buckets on some of the jobs, and also to the four-ale that was supplied by certain pubs.

    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

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  • At first mere four-ale, the theme swells
    to four seasons, four compass points, four winds,
    forcing forth the four corners of a world
    perfect for getting lost in

    Richard Powers, "The Gold Bug Variations"

    September 4, 2009