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History's Great Untold Stories: Larger Than Life Characters & Dramatic ...
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Page 36 - And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.
Page 64 - ... and such a look of youthfulness, that I had some difficulty in persuading a friend, in whose carriage we went together to Chiswick, that the translatress of the " Prometheus" of ^Eschylus, the authoress of the " Essay on Mind," was old enough to be introduced into company, in technical language was out.
Page 64 - Mind, was old enough to be introduced into company, in technical language, was out. Through the kindness of another invaluable friend, to whom I owe many obligations, but none so great as this, I saw much of her during my stay in town. We met so constantly and so familiarly, that in spite of the difference of age, intimacy ripened into friendship, and after my return into the country we corresponded freely and frequently, her letters being just what letters ought to be — her own talk put upon paper.
Page 63 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning is too dear to me as a friend to be spoken of merely as a poetess. Indeed such is the influence of her manners, her conversation, her temper, her thousand sweet and attaching qualities, that they who know her best are apt to lose sight altogether of her learning and of her genius, and to think of her only as the most charming person that they have ever met.
Page 66 - ... the initials of the beloved dead ; for it so chanced that all the three were of the dearest and the best ; one, I believe, an only son, the other the son of a widow.
Page 105 - The officer did not suspect the easy simplicity of her manner, and ordered part of the men to go in quest of him. At that moment, suddenly turning her eyes on Gustavus, she flew up to him, and, catching the stick out of his hand, exclaimed, in an angry voice, ' Unmannerly wretch ! What ! sit before your betters ? Don't you see the king's officers in the room? Get out of my sight, or some of them shall give you a drubbing ' ' As she spoke she struck him a blow on the back with all her strength, and,...
Page 30 - Richard threw himself with all the impetuosity of his fiery nature. Large sums of money were required for the expedition ; and such was his eagerness in the cause, that when remonstrated with on the ruinous methods which he adopted to raise them, putting to sale the crown revenues and most important offices of the kingdom, he replied, that he would " sell London itself if he could find a purchaser.
Page 256 - The artifices which partridges and plovers employ to delude their enemies from the nest of their young, may be referred to as a case in point, as well as the adroit contrivance of the hind for the preservation of her young; for when she hears the sound of dogs, she puts herself in the way of the hunters, and starts in a direction to draw them away from her fawns. Instances of the effect of grief upon animals are also no less remarkable.
Page 139 - My fine crab-tree walking stick, with a gold head curiously wrought in the form of the cap of liberty, I give to my friend, and the friend of mankind, General Washington. If it were a Sceptre, he has merited it, and would become it.
Page 239 - Elizabeth) began long tucks and long rapiers, and he was held the greatest gallant that had the deepest ruffe and longest rapier: the offence to the eye of the one. and the hurt unto the life of the subject that came by the other, caused her majesty to make proclamation against them both, and to place selected grave citizens at every gate to cut the ruffes, and breake the rapiers points of all passengers that exceeded a yeard in length of their rapiers, and a nayle of a yeard in depth of their ruffes.