Sir Walter, being strangely surprised and put out of his countenance at so
great a table, gives his son a damned blow over the
face.Hisson, asrude as he was, would not strike his father,
but strikes over the face the gentleman that sat next to
him and said 'Box about: 'twill come to my father anon.' John Aubrey Brief Lives (published1813),'Sir Walter Raleigh'.
Story is just just desertsman in the crucible like
jack in the box. Stanley Lawrence Elkin 'The Future of the Novel', in the NewYork Times,17
Nothing has conduced more to shake that decent respect for the
living symbol of thestatethat goes by the name of royalty
than the ever-recurring rattle of the money box. Henry Du Pre Labouche' re In the Fortnightly Review, Feb.
His father gave him a box of truisms Shaped like a
coffin, then his father died; 538 The truisms
remained on the mantelpiece. (Frederick) Louis MacNeice 'The Truisms', in
You think this cruel? take it for a rule, No creature smarts
so little as a fool. Let peals of
laughter,Codrus! round thee break, Thou unconcerned
canst hear the mighty crack. Pit, box, and
gallery in convulsions hurled, Thou stand'st
unshook amidst a bursting world. Alexander Pope 'An Epistle to DrArbuthnot', l.83^8.
But time is tied to the wrist or kept in a box, ticking with
impatience. Craig Anthony Raine 'A Martian Sends a Postcard Home'.
Old Hodge stays not his hand, but whips to kennel The renegade.God's
peace betide the souls Of the pure in
heart. But in the box that fennel Grows around, are
two red eyes that stare like coals. John Crowe Ransom Two Gentlemen in Bonds,'Dog'.
Ah! Vanitas Vanitatum! Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us
has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?Come,
children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for
our play is played out. William Makepeace Thackeray ^8 Concluding words.Vanity Fair, ch.67.