Rainy Days in a Library

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F.P. Harper, 1896 - Books - 129 pages
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Page v - Church often say, that his company was very merry, facete, and juvenile; and no man in his time did surpass him for his ready and dexterous interlarding his common discourses among them with verses from the poets, or sentences from classic authors ; which being then all the fashion in the University, made his company the more acceptable.
Page 60 - The dinner was served : one of the turbots relieved the soup. Delight was in every face—it was the moment of the eprouvette^. positive. The maitre ff hotel advances ; two attendants raise the turbot and carry him off to cut him up ; but one of them loses his equilibrium : the attendants and the turbot roll together on the floor. " At this sad sight the assembled cardinals became pale as death, and A SOLEMN SILENCE REIGNED IN THE CONCLAVE—it was the moment of the eprouvette negative; but the maitre...
Page 47 - CHANGLING HISTORICALLY PRESENTED, in the mad and cruell Gallantry, foolish Bravery, ridiculous Beauty, filthy Finenesse, and loathsome Loveliness of most Nations, fashioning and altering their Bodies from the Mould intended by Nature; with Figures of those Transfigurations. To which Artificial and affected Deformations are added, all the Native and Nationall Monstrosities that have appeared to, disfigure the Humane Fabrick.
Page 47 - Anthropometamorphosis : Man transformed: OR THE ARTIFICIAL CHANGLING Historically presented. In the mad and cruell Gallantry, foolish Bravery, ridiculous Beauty, filthy Finenesse, and loathsome Loveliness of most NATIONS, fashioning and altering their Bodies from the mould intended by NATURE ; with Figures of those Transfigurations.
Page 115 - Then was he with all convenient speed, by commandement convaied againe to the torment of the Bootes, wherein hee continued a long time, and did abide so many blowes in them, that his legges were crusht and beaten together as small as might bee, and the bones and flesh so brused that the bloud and marrow spouted forth in great abundance, wherby they were made unserviceable for ever.
Page 59 - Johnson's own notions about eating, however, were nothing less than delicate: a leg of pork boiled till it dropped from the bone, a veal pie with plums and sugar, or the outside cut of a salt buttock of beef, were his favourite dainties.
Page 25 - Sporting Magazine, or Monthly Calendar of the Transactions of the Turf, the Chase, and every other Diversion interesting to the Man of Pleasure and Enterprize.
Page 40 - For what was it inspired Erostratus But a weak vanity to have his name Blaze out for arson in the catalogue ? I have been wiser. "No man knows the name Of me, the pyrotechnist who have given A new apotheosis to the saint With lightning blast, and stunning thunder knell ! And yet — and yet — what boots the sacrifice ? I thought to take remorse unto my heart, As the young Spartan hid the savage fox Beneath the foldings of his boyish gown, And let it rive his flesh. Mine is not riven — My heart...
Page 105 - Whenever the Scotch of both sexes meet, they do not appear as if they had never seen each other before, or wished never to see each other again ; they do not sit in sullen silence, looking on the ground, biting their nails, and at 2O Manners and Amusements.
Page 37 - Whose ears were never open to the waves Or the shrill winding of the Triton's horn ? What do I know as yet of homicide ? Nothing. Fool — fool ! to lose thy precious time In dreaming of what may be, when an act Easy to plan, and easier to effect, Can teach thee everything ! What — craven mind — Shrink'st thou from doing, for a noble aim, What, every hour, some villain, wretch or slave Dares for a purse of gold ? It is resolved — I'll ope the lattice of some mortal cage, And let the soul go...

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