Paul Clifford, Volume 1

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Little, Brown,, 1893
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Page 186 - Would he were fatter ! But I fear him not : Yet if my name were liable to fear, I do not know the man I should avoid So soon as that spare Cassius. He reads much ; He is a great observer and he looks Quite through the deeds of men...
Page 152 - Her face was like the milky way i' the sky, A meeting of gentle lights without a name.
Page 1 - Who press the downy couch, while slaves advance With timid eye, to read the distant glance; Who with sad prayers the weary doctor tease, To name the nameless ever-new disease...
Page 250 - Who is here so base that would be a bondman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so vile that will not love his country? If any, speak; for him have I offended. I pause for a reply.
Page 1 - IT was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
Page 70 - Of all the griefs that harass the distressed, Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest; Fate never wounds more deep the generous heart, Than when a blockhead's insult points the dart.
Page 99 - We do not intend, reader, to indicate, by broad colors and in long detail, the moral deterioration of our hero; because we have found, by experience, that such pains on our part do little more than make thee blame our stupidity instead of lauding our intention. We shall therefore only work out our moral by subtle hints and brief comments; and we shall now content ourselves with reminding thee that hitherto thou hast seen Paul honest in the teeth of circumstances.
Page 270 - Why did she love him ? Curious fool! — be still — Is human love the growth of human will...
Page viii - So far this book is less a picture of the king's highway than the law's royal road to the gallows, — a satire on the short cut established between the house of correction and the condemned cell.
Page viii - Correction and the Condemned Cell. A second and a lighter object in the novel of " Paul Clifford " (and hence the introduction of a semi-burlesque or travesty in the earlier chapters) was to show that there is nothing essentially different between vulgar vice and fashionable vice, and that the slang of the one circle is but an easy paraphrase of the cant of the other. / The Supplementary Essays, entitled " Tomlinsoniana," which contain the corollaries to various problems suggested in the Novel, have...

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