The Moral Characters of Theophrastus (Google eBook)

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John Hooke, 1725 - Characters and characteristics - 280 pages
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Page 95 - ... a crafty slave, a bragging soldier : the spectators met nothing upon the stage, but what they met in the streets and at every turn. All the variety is drawn only from different and uncommon events ; whereas, if the characters are so too, the diversity and the pleasure must needs be the more.
Page 41 - em, and betwixt his grinders caught. Unlike in method, with conceal'd defign, Did crafty Horace his low numbers join: And, with a fly infmuating grace, Laugh'd at his friend, and look'd him in the face: Would raife a blufh, where fecret vice he found -, And tickle, while he gently prob'd the wound.
Page 66 - Writings is to give us real Images of Life. An exact Imitation of Nature is the chief Art which is to be us'd. The Imagination, I own, may be allow'd to work in Pieces of this Kind, provided it keeps within the Degrees of Probability : But Mr. de...
Page 94 - Yet I am deceived, if our English has not in some kind excelled both the modern and the ancient, which has been by force of a vein natural perhaps to our country, and which with us is called humour, a word peculiar to our language too, and hard to be expressed in any other...
Page 71 - ... in the other; and being extremely dry, and unwilling to lose time, he swallows down both the dice, and at the same time throws his wine into the tables. He writes a letter, and flings the sand into the ink-bottle; he writes a second and mistakes the superscription.
Page 91 - Milkepresse makes the Milke the whiter, or sweeter; for never came Almond Glove or Aromatique Oyntment on her Palme to taint it. The golden eares of corne fall and kisse her feete when shee reapes them, as if they wisht to bee bound and led prisoners by the same hand fell'd them. Her breathe is her owne, which sents all the yeere long of June, like a new-made Hay-cocke.
Page xv - Elle eft, fays he, bien belle, & bien fran?oife, & montre que fon Auteur entend parfaitement le Grec. Je puis dire que j'y ay vu des Chofes, que, peut etre, Faute d'Attention, je ri'avois pas vues dans le Grec.
Page 69 - Menalcas rifes in the Morning ; and from that Time till he goes to Bed again, he never recovers from his Fit of Ab* C. de 1* Homme.
Page 71 - Coming down to the court-gate, he finds a coach, which taking for his own, he whips into it; and the coachman drives off, not doubting but he carries his master.
Page 68 - up all the Pleafure and Agreeablenefs *' of the Company they are in : 'Tis '* impoflible to meet with more Pro* " bity or Politenefs. They part to Mor" row, and the Deed of their Separau tion is ready drawn up at the Notary's.

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