He could give his mind to
the serious question that must be settled before he left London--the question of repaying the forty thousand pounds.
If he would play the country gentleman and attend to the farm - but that he knows nothing about, and won't give his mind to
consider, - or if he would take up with some literary study, or learn to draw or to play - as he is so fond of music, I often try to persuade him to learn the piano, but he is far too idle for such an undertaking: he has no more idea of exerting himself to overcome obstacles than he has of restraining his natural appetites; and these two things are the ruin of him.
He was not at all bored for the time, and could give his mind to
And now Veneering shoots out of the Study wherein he is accustomed, when contemplative, to give his mind to
the carving and gilding of the Pilgrims going to Canterbury, in order to show Twemlow the little flourish he has prepared for the trumpets of fashion, describing how that on the seventeenth instant, at St James's Church, the Reverend Blank Blank, assisted by the Reverend Dash Dash, united in the bonds of matrimony, Alfred Lammle Esquire, of Sackville Street, Piccadilly, to Sophronia, only daughter of the late Horatio Akershem, Esquire, of Yorkshire.
These were the days that inspired George Bernard Shaw to observe, "What Englishman will give his mind to
politics as long as he can afford to own a car?