Tancred, Or, The New Crusade, Volume 1

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Page 196 - You know, all is development. The principle is perpetually going on. First, there was nothing, then there was something ; then, I forget the next, I think there were shells, then fishes ; then we came, let me see, did we come next ? Never mind that ; we came at last. And the next change there will be something very superior to us, something with wings. Ah ! that's it : we were fishes, and I believe we shall be crows. But you must read it.
Page 253 - His life was a gyration of energetic curiosity ; an insatiable whirl of social celebrity. There was not a congregation of sages and philosophers in any part of Europe which he did not attend as a brother. He was present at the camp of Kalisch in his yeomanry uniform, and assisted at the festivals of Barcelona in an Andalusian jacket.
Page 195 - To judge from the title, the subject ia rather obscure," said Tancred. " No longer so," said Lady Constance. " It is treated scientifically ; everything is explained by geology and astronomy, and in that way. It shows you exactly how a star is formed ; nothing can be so pretty ! A cluster of vapour — the cream of the milky way — a sort of celestial cheese — churned into light — you must read it, 'tis charming." " Nobody ever saw a star formed,
Page 197 - And yesterday, for a moment, I almost dreamed of kneeling with her at the Holy Sepulchre ! I must get out of this city as quickly as possible ; I cannot cope with its corruption.
Page 222 - I am born in an age and in a country divided between infidelity on one side, and an anarchy of creeds on the other; with none competent to guide me, yet feeling that I must believe, for I hold that duty cannot exist without faith...
Page 266 - The Spaniards then conquered Mexico, and now they cannot govern it.' 'So much for race,' said Vavasour. 'The race is the same ; why are not the results the same ? ' ' Because it is worn out,' said Sidonia. ' Why do not the Ethiopians build another Thebes, or excavate the colossal temples of the cataracts ? The decay of a race is an inevitable necessity, unless it lives in deserts and never mixes its blood.
Page 58 - Institute in his neighbouring town. Lady Hampshire was an invalid; but her ailment was one of those mysteries which still remained insoluble, although, in the most liberal manner, she delighted to afford her friends all the information in her power. Never was a votary endowed with a faith at once so lively and so capricious. Each year she believed in some new remedy, and announced herself on the eve of some miraculous cure. But the saint was scarcely canonised before his claims to beatitude were...
Page 107 - Clarence Hervey withdrew his arms, which had supported her, and placing her upon a sofa, left her, whilst he walked up and down the room for some minutes in silence. "And why, Virginia," said he, stopping short, " was it necessary to conceal all this from me ? Why was it necessary to persuade me that I was beloved ? Why was it necessary that my happiness should be the sacrifice?" " It shall not ! — it shall not ! Your happiness shall not be the sacrifice. Heaven is...
Page 194 - It explains everything!' said Tancred; 'it must, indeed, be a very remarkable book!' 'I think it will just suit you,' said Lady Constance. 'Do you know, I thought so several times while I was reading it.' 'To judge from the title, the subject is rather obscure,' said Tancred. 'No longer so,
Page 195 - First, there was nothing, then there was something; then — forget the next— I think there were shells, then fishes; then we came— let me see — did we come next? Never mind that; we came at last. And the next change there will be something very superior to us — something with wings.

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