'Martin Chuzzlewit' was a favorite book with him, and so was the 'Old Curiosity Shop.' No doubt a fancied affinity with Tom Pinch through their common love of music made him like that most sentimental and improbable personage, whom he would have disowned and laughed to scorn
if he had met him in life; but it was a purely altruistic sympathy that he felt with Little Nell and her grandfather.
There was talk of all countries putting bounties on children to increase the birth rate, but it was laughed to scorn
by the arithmeticians, who pointed out that China was too far in the lead in that direction.
If so, that prophet was no doubt laughed to scorn
for such an illogical extension of the slippery-slope argument.