The History of Pendennis, Volume 2

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Harper & Brothers, 1850 - 392 pages
 

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Page 237 - ... :—I see the truth in that man, as I do in his brother, whose logic drives him to quite a different conclusion, and who, after having passed a life in vain endeavours to reconcile an irreconcilable book, flings it at last down in despair, and declares, with tearful eyes, and hands up to heaven, his revolt and recantation.
Page 363 - The man that lays his hand upon a woman, Save in the way of kindness, is a wretch Whom 'twere gross flattery to name a coward.
Page 9 - ... who could it be but he ? And as you suffer it, so will your brothers, in their way, — and after their kind. More selfish than you : more eager and headstrong than you : they will rush on their destiny when the doomed charmer makes her appearance. Or if they don't, and you don't, Heaven help you ! As the gambler said of his dice, to love and win is the best thing, to love and lose is the next best.
Page 237 - ... than a laugh ; if, plunged yourself in easy sensuality, you allow the whole wretched world to pass groaning by you unmoved : if the fight for the truth is taking place, and all men of honour are on the ground armed on the one side or the other, and you alone are to lie on your balcony and smoke your pipe out of the noise and the danger, you had better have died, or never have been at all, than such a sensual coward.
Page 236 - ... is merely to follow out, in its progress, the development of the mind of a worldly and selfish, but not ungenerous or unkind, or truth-avoiding man. And it will be seen that the lamentable stage to which his logic at present has brought him...

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