Gerard, Or, The World, the Flesh, and the Devil: A Novel, Volume 1

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Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, 1891 - Fantasy fiction, English - 237 pages

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Page 210 - ... those elements of life which most deeply interested him. It was a parish of mixed classes and divers nationalities, the chosen haunt of the impecunious exile, the Nihilist and the Fenian, the Carbonaro and the Karl Marxian. It was a parish peopled by the intelligent British workman, the self educated and self-sufficient mechanic. Great blocks of buildings erected at different periods, and showing different stages of architectural and sanitary improvement, cast their mighty shadows over the lower...
Page 255 - Tis to put passion out to nurse, And send one's heart to school. Love all at once should from the earth Start up full grown and tall; If not an Adam at his birth, He is no love at all.
Page 124 - ... suppose, you will think, after reading this long, and, perhaps, in spots, ribald screed, that I have become a ready letter-writer. I simply had something on my mind that I wanted to unload, and you are the unfortunate victim. I expect to go north in a day or two, and I have no idea how long I shall stay. I am as well as I ever was in my life, and except for the loss of sleep — the direct result, I assure you, of the sourness of Mrs. Missionary's stomach — I am all right. I trust everybody...
Page 117 - And what have you been doing with yourself all this time ?" he asked. Given a resume^ he said, "I shouldn't have liked to pass you mentally fit for active service in 1914. Take your clothes off, please".
Page 61 - ... was against his principles; and principles, like facts, are stubborn things when founded on interest. One day, however, a Jew, with whom he had occasional dealings, threw a new light on the subject, by translating the inscription, which was as follows : " In possessing me, you possess every thing : but your life will be mine. Wish, and your wishes will be accomplished ; but at every wish I shall diminish, as will your days. Regulate your wishes by your life, which will be in me. Wilt thou have...
Page 212 - Let Jack Cumberland dree his weird under the shadow of Cross and Blackwell, and take his fill of work in a poor parish for the next two or three years," said the Eector, with his genial air, cheerily disposing of other people's lives.
Page 213 - East-end curates, or to go to Africa, or, at the first whisper of some purposeless unnecessary war, they rush off to enlist. Young people have no idea how good it is to take life quietly, and make the most of one's allotted , span.
Page 223 - Forgive me for troubling you with these details; but with your wealth your only chance of distinction is by nicety in minor points.
Page 32 - I had an irresistible desire to get out of the house. I felt as if I were escaping from Tophet ; and then I had to call for Mrs. Gresham " — the cousin—" at the Knightsbridge Eiding School, where the poor thing had been slaving at Lady Penniddock's refreshment stall.
Page 87 - Larose, the aesthetic architect, and elegant idler, a man who always looked as if he had just stepped out of one of Marcus Stone's pictures,

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