All the Year Round, Volume 14; Volume 34 (Google eBook)

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Charles Dickens, 1875
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Page 370 - ... notwithstanding any anxieties which he pretends for his mistress, his country, or his friends, one may see by his action, that his greatest care and concern is to keep the plume of feathers from falling off his head.
Page 198 - That old Artaxerxes evening had never done ringing in my fancy. I expected the same feelings to come again with the same occasion. But we differ from ourselves less at sixty and sixteen, than the latter does from six. In that interval what had I not lost ! At the first period I knew nothing, understood nothing, discriminated nothing. I felt all, loved all, wondered all Was nourished, I could not tell how I had left the temple a devotee, and was returned a rationalist.
Page 370 - As these superfluous ornaments upon the head make a great man, a princess generally receives her grandeur from those additional incumLrances that fall into her tail : I mean the broad sweeping train that follows her in all her motions, and finds constant employment for a boy who stands behind her to open and spread it to advantage.
Page 370 - The ordinary method of making an hero is to clap a huge plume of feathers upon his head, which rises so very high that there is often a greater length from his chin to the top of his head than to the sole of his foot.
Page 270 - Betterton act it, observes there could not be a word added; that longer speeches had been unnatural, nay, impossible, in Othello's circumstances. The charming passage in the same tragedy, where he tells the manner of winning the affection of his mistress, was urged with so moving and graceful an energy, that while I walked in the...
Page 270 - I have hardly a notion, that any performer of antiquity could surpass the action of Mr. Betterton in any of the occasions in which he has appeared on our stage. The wonderful agony which he appeared in, when he examined the circumstance of the handkerchief in Othello...
Page 275 - The character of the state (of Venice) is to employ strangers in their wars ; but shall a poet thence fancy that they will set a Negro to be their general ; or trust a Moor to defend them against the Turk ? With us, a Blackamoor might rise to be a trumpeter, but Shakespear would not have him less than a lieutenant-general.
Page 199 - To-day I go to the Blackfriars play-house, Sit in the view, salute all my acquaintance, Rise up between the acts, let fall my...
Page 449 - I have a good clear income for my life ; a trifle to settle, which I am only ashamed to offer ; a good house (as houses go in our part of the world), moderately furnished, a good many books, a pleasant garden (better I believe than when you saw it), etc. Would to God I might have leave to lay them all at your feet.
Page 200 - ... sometimes Tamerlane, sometimes Jugurth, sometimes the Jew of Malta, and sometimes parts of all these...

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