The Three Clerks: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Harper & Brothers, 1860 - Civil service - 497 pages
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User Review  - Tim Wu - Goodreads

There is so much that is clumsy and overdone in this book but I liked it anyhow. Trollope does a wonderful job of contrasting the joys of a cozy cottage life and the horrors of life as a stock ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lucy - Goodreads

There's no-one like Trollope. If you don't like his characteristic asides to the reader, then give this one a miss - it's full of them. He has such knowledge and understanding of human nature! "An ... Read full review

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Page 25 - From women's eyes this doctrine I derive: They sparkle still the right Promethean fire; They are the books, the arts, the academes, That show, contain and nourish all the world: Else none at all in aught proves excellent.
Page 422 - ... threatened with all manner of punishment; he must be made to feel that he has no friend near him, that the world is all against him; he must be confounded till he forget his right hand from his left, till his mind be turned into chaos, and his heart into water; and then let him give his evidence.
Page 416 - Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee; for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge. Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.
Page 421 - One would naturally imagine that an undis-turbed thread of clear evidence would be best obtained from a man whose position was made easy and whose mind was not harassed; but this is not the fact; to turn a witness to good account, he must be badgered this way and that till he is nearly mad; he must be made a laughing-stock for the court; his very truths must be turned into falsehoods, so that he may be falsely shamed ; he must be accused of all manner of...
Page 422 - ... forensic heroes are daily used to bring it about; and no member of the Humane Society interferes to protect the wretch. Some sorts of torture are as it were tacitly allowed even among humane people. Eels are skinned alive, and witnesses are sacrificed, and no one's blood curdles at the sight, no soft heart is sickened at the cruelty.
Page 314 - ... and honesty to his own principles, which should guide us in ordinary life. At what point ordinary life ends, at what crisis objects may be considered great enough to justify the use of a dispensing power, that he has not taught us; that no Sir Robert Peel can teach us; that must unfortunately be left to tho judgment of the individual.
Page 73 - No, I am not; I am in no mood for compliments. I know very well what stuff you are made of. I know your superiority to myself. I know you will be selected to go up over all our heads. I feel all this; and Alaric, you must not be surprised that, to a certain degree, it is painful to me to feel it. But by God's help I will get over it; and if you succeed it shall go 4 hard with me, but I will...
Page 423 - He has all manner of nasty tricks about him, which make him a disagreeable neighbor to barristers sitting near to him. He is profuse with snuff, and very generous with his handkerchief. He is always at work upon his teeth, which do not do much credit to his industry. His wig is never at ease upon his head, but is poked about by him, sometimes over one ear, sometimes over the other, now on the back of his head, and then on his nose; and it is impossible to say in which guise he looks most cruel, most...
Page 15 - THE London world, visitors as well as residents, are well acquainted also with Somerset House : and it is moreover tole-rably well known that Somerset House is a nest of public offices, which are held to be of less fashionable repute than those situated in the neighborhood of Downing Street, but are not so decidedly plebeian as the Custom House, Excise, and Post Office.
Page 16 - Find the ratio (i) of the momenta, (ii) of the kinetic energies of a mass of 8 oz. moving at the rate of a mile and a half an hour, and a mass io kilogrammes moving at the rate of 2 metres per second.

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