Quotation by Charles Dickens

Drinking tents were full, glasses began to clink in carriages, hampers to be unpacked, tempting provisions to be set forth, knives and forks to rattle, champagne corks to fly, eyes to brighten that were not dull before, and pickpockets to count their gains during the last heat. The attention so recently strained on one object of interest, was now divided among a hundred; and, look where you would, there was a motley assemblage of feasting, talking, begging, gambling and mummery.
Charles Dickens (1812–1870), British novelist. Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 50, p. 654 (1839).

The passage describes the scene at the Hampton race-course.
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