The Vicar of Wakefield: A Tale (Google eBook)

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Methuen & Company, 1903 - Abduction - 219 pages
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User Review  - Tony - Goodreads

THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD. (1766). Oliver Goldsmith. ***. When I first read this novel forty-some years ago, I wasn't quite sure what I had just read. On second reading, I'm still confused. The novel ... Read full review

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User Review  - Edoardo Albert - Goodreads

Fascinating. Quite fascinating. I'm not sure what Oliver Goldsmith would have made of Mr Spock, but the eponymour Vicar of Wakefield could almost be an 18th-century take on the Vulcan's position ... Read full review

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Page 91 - AN ELEGY ON THE DEATH OF A MAD DOG. GOOD people all, of every sort, Give ear unto my song, And if you f1nd it wond'rous short, It cannot hold you long. In Islington there was a man, Of whom the world might say That still a godly race he ran, Whene'er he went to pray. A kind and gentle heart he had, To comfort friends and foes ; The naked every day he clad, When he put on his clothes.
Page 1 - To do her justice she was a good-natured notable woman; and as for breeding, there were few country ladies who could show more. She could read any English book without much spelling; but for pickling, preserving, and cookery none could excel her.
Page 124 - ... with a tolerable voice, and now turned what was my amusement into a present means of subsistence. I passed among the harmless peasants of Flanders, and among such of the French as were poor enough to be very merry, for I ever found them sprightly in proportion to their wants. Whenever I approached a peasant's house towards night-fall, I played one of my most merry tunes, and that procured me not only a lodging, but subsistence for the next day.
Page 4 - Olivia, now about eighteen, had that luxuriancy of beauty with which painters generally draw Hebe ; open, sprightly, and commanding. Sophia's features were not so striking at first, but often did more certain execution; for they were soft, modest, and alluring.
Page 20 - ... certain time. I allowed half an hour for this meal, and an hour for dinner, which time was taken up in innocent mirth between my wife and daughters, and in philosophical arguments between my son and me. As we rose with the sun, so we never pursued our labours after it was gone down, but returned / I home to the expecting family, where smiling looks, a neat hearth, and pleasant fire were prepared for our reception.
Page 149 - When lovely woman stoops to folly, And finds too late that men betray, What charm can soothe her melancholy ? What art can wash her guilt away ? The only art her guilt to cover, To hide her shame from every eye, To give repentance to her lover, And wring his bosom, is — to die.
Page 18 - THE place of our retreat was in a little neighbourhood, consisting of farmers, who tilled their own grounds, and were equal strangers to opulence and poverty.
Page 21 - This remonstrance had the proper effect; they went with great composure, that very instant, to change their dress; and the next day I had the satisfaction of finding my daughters, at their own request, employed in cutting up their trains into Sunday waistcoats for Dick and Bill, the two little ones, and what was still more satisfactory, the gowns seemed improved by this curtailing.
Page 40 - But let a maid thy pity share, Whom love has taught to stray— Who seeks for rest, but finds despair Companion of her way.
Page 91 - A kind and gentle heart he had, To comfort friends and foes; The naked every day he clad, When he put on his clothes. And in that town a dog was found, As many dogs there be, Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound, And curs of low degree. This dog and man at first were friends; But when a pique began, The dog, to gain some private ends, Went mad and bit the man.

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