Evelina; or, The history of a young lady's entrance into the world. With an intr. and notes by A.R. Ellis (Google eBook)

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Page lxi - To draw characters from nature, though not from life, and to mark the manners of the times, is the attempted plan of the following letters. For this purpose, a young female, educated in the most secluded retirement, makes, at the age of seventeen, her first appearance upon the great and busy...
Page 62 - His son seems weaker in his understanding, and more gay in his temper; but his gaiety is that of a foolish overgrown schoolboy, whose mirth consists in noise and disturbance.
Page 366 - Mock you !" repeated he earnestly ; " no ! I revere you ! I esteem and I admire you above all human beings ! you are the friend to whom my soul is attached as to its better half! you are the most amiable, the most perfect of women ! and you are dearer to me than language has the power of telling.
Page xx - Yes, madam; you must give me some of your choice little notes of the Doctor's ; we have seen him long enough upon stilts ; I want to show him in a new light. Grave Sam, and great Sam, and solemn Sam, and learned Sam all these he has appeared over and over. Now I want to entwine a wreath of the graces across his brow; I want to show him as gay Sam, agreeable Sam, pleasant Sam: so you must help me with some of his beautiful billets to yourself.
Page 19 - I cannot tell, for my hair is so much entangled, frizled they call it, that I fear it will be very difficult. I am half afraid of this ball to-night, for, you know, I have never danced but at school ; however, Miss Mirvan says there is nothing in it. Yet I wish it was over. Adieu, my dear Sir ; pray excuse the wretched stuff I write, perhaps I may improve by being in this town, and then my letters will be less unworthy your reading.
Page 165 - Remember, my dear Evelina, nothing is so delicate as the reputation of a woman ; it is at once the most beautiful and most brittle of all human things.
Page xiii - Cecilia', an elderly lady with no remains of personal beauty, but with a simple and gentle manner, and pleasing expression of countenance, and apparently quick feelings. She told me she had wished to see two persons myself, of course, being one, the other, George Canning. This was really a compliment to be pleased with a nice little handsome pat of butter made up by a neat-handed Phillis...
Page 25 - Madam," (said he, with an important air,) "a few moments refrain! I have but a sentence to trouble you with. May I know to what accident I must attribute not having the honour of your hand?" "Accident, Sir!" repeated I, much astonished. "Yes, accident, Madam for surely, I must take the liberty to observe pardon me, Madam, it ought to be no common one that should tempt a lady so young a one too, to be guilty of ill manners.
Page 76 - Why, what the d 1," cried the captain, " do you come to the play without knowing what it is ?" " O yes, sir, yes, very frequently ; I have no time to read playbills ; one merely comes to meet one's friends, and show that one's alive.
Page 88 - that three shillings was an exorbitant price for a place in the gallery, but as we'd been asked so much more at the other doors, why I paid it without many words ; but then, to be sure, thinks I, it can never be like any other gallery, we shall see some crinkum crankum or other for our money ; but I find it's as arrant a take-in as ever I met with.

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