The Female Quixote: Or, the Adventures of Arabella. In Two Volumes. ...

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A. Millar, 1752
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Page 316 - I therefore presume to tell your ladyship, with great confidence, that your writers have instituted a world of their own, and that nothing is more different from a human being, than heroes or heroines.
Page 321 - To give you myself, with all my remaining Imperfections, is making you but a poor Present in return for the Obligations your generous Affection has laid me under to you; yet since I am so happy as to be desired for a Partner for Life by a Man of your Sense and Honour, I will endeavour to make myself as worthy as I am able of such a favourable Distinction/
Page 237 - And when I tell you", pursued she with a Smile, "that I was born and christen'd, had a useful and proper Education, receiv'd the Addresses of my Lord - through the Recommendation of my Parents, and marry'd him with their Consents and my own Inclination; and that since we have liv'd in great Harmony together, I have told you all the material Passages of my Life, which upon Enquiry you will find differ very little from those of other Women of the same Rank, who have a moderate Share of Sense, Prudence...
Page 119 - R , or a Johnson. Rail with premeditated Malice at the Rambler ; and, for the want of Faults, turn even its inimitable Beauties into Ridicule : the Language, because it reaches to Perfection, may be called stiff, laboured, and pedantic ; the Criticisms, when they let in more Light than your weak Judgment can bear, superficial and ostentatious Glitter...
Page 315 - You must not imagine, Madam", continued he, "that I intend to arrogate any Superiority, when I observe that your Ladyship must suffer me to decide, in some Measure authoritatively, whether Life is truly described in those Books; the Likeness of a Picture can only be determined by a Knowledge of the Original.
Page 311 - Prove, therefore, that the Books which I have hitherto read as Copies of Life, and Models of Conduct, are empty Fictions, and from this Hour I deliver them to Moths and Mould; and from this Time...
Page 240 - Heroism, romantick Heroism, was deeply rooted in her Heart; it was her Habit of thinking, a Principle imbib'd from Education. She could not separate her Ideas of Glory, Virtue, Courage, Generosity, and Honour, from the false Representations of them in the Actions of Oroondates, Juba, Artaxerxes, and the rest of the imaginary Heroes. The Countess...
Page 103 - Apelles's Art might have called it his Glory to have copied Beauties from her, as the best of Models: The Circumference of her...
Page 318 - Acts of Kindness. If there be any preserved by natural Softness, or early Education, from learning Pride and Cruelty, they are yet in danger of being betrayed to the Vanity of Beauty, and taught the Arts of Intrigue. Love, Madam, is, you know, the Business, the sole Business of Ladies in Romances.
Page 230 - Sarcasms, acknowledg'd, that she herself had when very young, been deep read in Romances; and but for an early Acquaintance with the World, and being directed to other Studies, was likely to have been as much a Heroine as Lady Bella.

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