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Page 125 - And there's a nice youngster of excellent pith: Fate tried to conceal him by naming him Smith; But he shouted a song for the brave and the free — Just read on his medal, "My country,
Page 57 - There must, in the first place, be knowledge, there must be materials; in the second place, there must be a command of words; in the third place, there must be imagination, to place things in such views as they are not commonly seen in; and in the fourth place, there must be presence of mind, and a resolution that is not to be overcome by failures: this last is an essential requisite; for want of it many people do not excel in conversation.
Page 101 - Short black hair, a thick brown mustache, a dark hazel eye, a firm mouth, a square forehead, Black gives you the idea of compact strength — a small parcel, so to speak, well packed. You might sooner take him for an artillery officer who had seen service, a yachtsman, or a man who spent most of his life in out-door sports and pastimes, than set him down as an author, and particularly as a novelist. Black might pass for a member of any profession except the clerical, or for an ordinary gentleman...
Page 58 - persons "). Partially (for "partly"). Past two weeks (for "last two weeks," and all similar expressions relating to a definite time). » Poetess. Portion (for " part "). Posted (for "informed"). Progress (for "advance"). Quite (prefixed to "good,
Page 171 - Try and leave a little thinking for him ; that will be better for both. The trouble with most writers is, they spread too thin. The reader is as quick as they ; has got there before, and is ready and waiting.
Page 103 - Kilmeny, A Daughter of Heth, Strange Adventures of a Phaeton, A Princess of Thule, Three Feathers, Madcap Violet, Green Pastures and Piccadilly, Macleod of Dare, Sunrise, and Shandon Bells. In the intervals of writing these works William Black has travelled much, among other journeys being one to America, where his works are as well known as they are on this side of the Atlantic. It will be seen that the author's career has been one rather of study and work than of romance.* What there is in it of...
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Page 136 - Life consists of the personal experiments of each of us, and the point of an experiment is that it shall succeed. What we contribute is our treatment of the material, our rendering of the text, our style.
Page 169 - ... nerve-cells in some of the idle cerebral convolutions ! The writer, I say, becomes acquainted with his characters as he goes on. They are at first mere embryos, outlines of distinct personalities. By and by, if they have any organic cohesion, they begin to assert themselves. They can say and do such and such things ; such and such other things they cannot and must not say or do. The story-writer's and playwriter's danger is that they will get their characters mixed, and make A say what B ought...