Halfway House: A Comedy of Degrees

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1908 - English fiction - 424 pages
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Page 339 - ... made a Cornish cove glow with peonies ; on a Dartmoor tor he planted Caucasian irises ; under his hand a stretch of sand near Bristol became a garden of tamarisks : on the outskirts of an oak wood in the " New Forest " he hung a curtain of wistaria ; in Cumberland he created a glade of larkspur, " a sight to thank God for — nine feet high some of them, lifting up great four-foot blue torches off a patch of emerald and gold.
Page 4 - ... quite the contrary; and, after an interval of time which he chose to ignore, applied himself earnestly to the practice of poetry. There ensued certain curious relationships between quite ordinary people which justify me in calling my book a Comedy of Degrees.
Page 150 - I must assure you that I shall do everything in my power to prove to you how proud I am.
Page 3 - Somerset, that an adventure of a sentimental kind presented itself to him, engaged him, carried him into mid-air upon a winged horse, and set him treading clouds and suchlike filmy footing.
Page 175 - How is an artist going to make a masterpiece unless the public makes half of it. — SENHOUSE. in Halfway House. SVENGALI never really hypnotized Trilby, and where the book says so it is merely indulging in poetic hyperbole. The fact is, Svengali was such a master of the art of listening that, whenever he was in the audience, Trilby could n't help singing better than she knew how.
Page 92 - ... mature, who offered her with touching diffidence, the well-found hearth, the stored garners, the cellar, for whose ripe antiquity (alas!) he himself could vouch. The maid was not cold; it was himself who doubted whether he were not frigid. He besought her not to despise his silvering beard, the furrow on his brow.
Page 155 - So he turns the Land's End into a rockery and stuffs the cracks with things from the Alps. He's made me promise him things from the Pyrenees, confound him — you'll have to help me with 'em. And irises on Dartmoor — from the Caucasus! And peonies growin' wild in South Wales — oh, he's mad!
Page 5 - ... put his elbows on the arms of his chair, clasped his hands, and set himself to observe the sports.
Page 37 - He said that he did not know, but that he would try. One may admire his courage.

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