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  • Whatever was his failing the official decline of Spicer was as pathetic as that of Mr. Bumble's surrender of all his "porochial" dignity to the charms of Mr.. Corney in _Oliver Twist_!

    Fragments of Two Centuries Glimpses of Country Life when George III. was King Alfred Kingston

  • ‘I hope,’ said Mr. Bumble, looking about him with great ruefulness, as Mr. Grimwig disappeared with the two old women: ‘I hope that this unfortunate little circumstance will not deprive me of my porochial office?’

    Oliver Twist 2007

  • ‘For a coffin first, and a porochial funeral afterwards,’ replied Mr. Bumble, fastening the strap of the leathern pocket – book: which, like himself, was very corpulent.

    Oliver Twist 2007

  • ‘We only heard of the family the night before last,’ said the beadle; ‘and we shouldn’t have known anything about them, then, only a woman who lodges in the same house made an application to the porochial committee for them to send the porochial surgeon to see a woman as was very bad.

    Oliver Twist 2007

  • ‘Mrs. Corney,’ said the beadle, smiling as men smile who are conscious of superior information, ‘out – of – door relief, properly managed, ma’am: is the porochial safeguard.

    Oliver Twist 2007

  • ‘I am a porochial beadle, gentlemen,’ rejoined Mr. Bumble proudly.

    Oliver Twist 2007

  • ‘A porochial life is not a bed of roses, Mrs. Mann.’

    Oliver Twist 2007

  • ‘Such porochial perfection!’ exclaimed Mr. Bumble, rapturously.

    Oliver Twist 2007

  • She used to call me ‘Jacob Diggs,’ because of my porochial office, with a meaning of a joke on my parenshal name.

    Erema Richard Doddridge 2004

  • We porochial pots is to pass all our time a-prospecting for Stink!

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 101, October 10, 1891 Various


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