Pump Room

A Guide to all the Watering and Sea-Bathing Places; with a description of the Lakes ; a Sketch of a Tour in Wales and Itineraries. Illustrated with Maps and Views (1803) by R Philllips

For those who are unable or unwilling to join in more gay and expensive amusements, the new Pump-room presents unrivalled attractions. Here an excellent company of musicians perform every morning, during the full season; and a numerous assemblage of ladies and gentlemen, walking up and down in social converse, during the performance, presents a picture of animation which nothing without any regard to fashion, may freely perambulate the Pump-room can exceed. All persons who are decently dressed, without any regard to fashion, may freely perambulate the pump-room. Those who drink the waters, however, are expected to pay about a guinea a month, besides a gratuity to the pumper.

This noble room was built in 1797, on the plan of Mr Baldwin, architect: and improved by and under the direction of Mr palmer, the city surveyor. It is 60 feet long by 46 wide and 34 feet high. The inside is set round with three quarter columns of the Corinthian order, crowned with an entablature, and a covering of five feet. In a recess at the west end is the music gallery, and in another at the east an excellent time piece over which is a marble statue of King Nash. In the centre of the south side is a marble vase from which issue the water with a fire-place on each side.

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 Chapter 3 
Every morning now brought its regular duties — shops were to be visited; some new part of the town to be looked at; and the pump–room to be attended, where they paraded up and down for an hour, looking at everybody and speaking to no one.
 Chapter 4 
With more than usual eagerness did Catherine hasten to the pump–room the next day, secure within herself of seeing Mr. Tilney there before the morning were over, and ready to meet him with a smile; but no smile was demanded — Mr. Tilney did not appear.

Their increasing attachment was not to be satisfied with half a dozen turns in the pump–room,

 Chapter 5 
Mr. Tilney was no fonder of the play than the pump–room.

As soon as divine service was over, the Thorpes and Allens eagerly joined each other; and after staying long enough in the pump–room to discover that the crowd was insupportable, and that there was not a genteel face to be seen,

His name was not in the pump–room book, and curiosity could do no more.

 Chapter 6 
The following conversation, which took place between the two friends in the pump–room one morning, after an acquaintance of eight or nine days, is given as a specimen of their very warm attachment, and of the delicacy, discretion, originality of thought, and literary taste which marked the reasonableness of that attachment.

In a few moments Catherine, with unaffected pleasure, assured her that she need not be longer uneasy, as the gentlemen had just left the pump–room.

 Chapter 9 
TThe first wish of her heart was to improve her acquaintance with Miss Tilney, and almost her first resolution, to seek her for that purpose, in the pump–room at noon. In the pump–room, one so newly arrived in Bath must be met with, and that building she had already found so favourable for the discovery of female excellence, and the completion of female intimacy, so admirably adapted for secret discourses and unlimited confidence, that she was most reasonably encouraged to expect another friend from within its walls.

“Yes, I went to the pump–room as soon as you were gone, and there I met her, and we had a great deal of talk together. She says there was hardly any veal to be got at market this morning, it is so uncommonly scarce.”

 Chapter 10 
Catherine’s resolution of endeavouring to meet Miss Tilney again continued in full force the next morning; and till the usual moment of going to the pump–room, she felt some alarm from the dread of a second prevention. But nothing of that kind occurred, no visitors appeared to delay them, and they all three set off in good time for the pump–room, where the ordinary course of events and conversation took place;

“He never comes to the pump–room, I suppose?”

 Chapter 11 
“Anybody would have thought so indeed. There will be very few people in the pump–room, if it rains all the morning. I hope Mr. Allen will put on his greatcoat when he goes, but I dare say he will not, for he had rather do anything in the world than walk out in a greatcoat; I wonder he should dislike it, it must be so comfortable.”

It was too dirty for Mrs. Allen to accompany her husband to the pump–room; he accordingly set off by himself,

 Chapter 12 
Catherine cheerfully complied, and being properly equipped, was more impatient than ever to be at the pump–room, that she might inform herself of General Tilneys lodgings, for though she believed they were in Milsom Street, she was not certain of the house, and Mrs. Allen’s wavering convictions only made it more doubtful.
 Chapter 15 
TSuch was the information of the first five minutes; the second unfolded thus much in detail — that they had driven directly to the York Hotel, ate some soup, and bespoke an early dinner, walked down to the pump–room, tasted the water, and laid out some shillings in purses and spars;
 Chapter 18 
TShe began first to be sensible of this, and to sigh for her conversation, as she walked along the pump–room one morning, by Mrs. Allen’s side, without anything to say or to hear; and scarcely had she felt a five minutes’ longing of friendship, before the object of it appeared, and inviting her to a secret conference, led the way to a seat.

She was so amazingly tired, and it was so odious to parade about the pump–room; and if she moved from her seat she should miss her sisters; she was expecting her sisters every moment; so that her dearest Catherine must excuse her, and must sit quietly down again. But Catherine could be stubborn too; and Mrs. Allen just then coming up to propose their returning home, she joined her and walked out of the pump–room, leaving Isabella still sitting with Captain Tilney.

 Chapter 19 
TThough his looks did not please her, his name was a passport to her goodwill, and she thought with sincere compassion of his approaching disappointment; for, in spite of what she had believed herself to overhear in the pump–room, his behaviour was so incompatible with a knowledge of Isabella’s engagement that she could not, upon reflection, imagine him aware of it.
 Chapter 27 
THe went into the pump–room afterwards; but I would not have followed him for all the world. Such a contrast between him and your brother!

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