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Page 106 - Exult then, O sun, in the strength of thy youth! Age is dark and unlovely; it is like the glimmering light of the moon when it shines through broken clouds, and the mist is on the hills: the blast of the north is on the plain ; the traveller shrinks in the midst of his journey.
Page 136 - Our house, which it was once my highest pleasure to keep in order, it would be now equally vain to - attempt cleaning as the ark of Noah. The children's bed is supplied by an Indian canoe ; and the poor little creatures sleep three of them in a hammock, slung up to the roof between a stuffed crocodile and the skeleton of a calf with two heads. Even the commodities of our shop have been turned out to make room for trash and vermin.
Page 296 - Now, Spring returns : but not to me returns The vernal joy my better years have known ; Dim in my breast life's dying taper burns, And all the joys of life with health are flown.
Page 222 - was one of Amelia's walks, and that grotto was her favourite evening retreat. The last night she ever walked out, and the very evening she caught that fatal fever, I was with my brother and her, while we sat and read to each other in that very place.
Page 133 - ... small repast, which, if the day had been more than usually busy, we sometimes ventured to finish with a glass or two of punch ; while my husband was constantly engaged with his books and accounts, it was my employment to sit by his side knitting, and at the same time, to tend the cradle of our first child, a girl, who is now a fine prattling creature of four years of age, and begins already to give me some little assistance in the care of her younger brother and sister.
Page 204 - s gentlewoman, told her all the maids at had tea, and saw company of an afternoon. ' But I am resolved on a reformation, Mr. Mirror, and shall let my wife and daughters know, that I will be master of my own house and my own...
Page 263 - ... in his dealings with people of business. When we returned home in the evening, he seemed to feel a relief in having got out of the reach of the world, and muttered expressions, not to mention the inflections of his countenance, which, if fairly set down on paper, would almost amount to calling his banker a Jew, his lawyer not a gentleman, and his agent a pettifogger.
Page 196 - I was struck somewhat of an heap with the message ; and it would not, in all probability, have received an immediate answer, had it not been overheard by my eldest daughter, who had come to the window on the appearance of a stranger: ' Mr. Papillot,' said she immediately, ' I rejoice to see you ; I hope your lady and all the family are well.
Page 29 - I happened to observe to the eldest, that it made me uneasy to see his brother look so very ill ; to which he replied, with an air of the most easy indifference, that poor Charles had been a little unfortunate in an affair with an opera-girl at Paris ; but, for my part, added he, I never ran those hazards, as I always confined my amours to women of fashion.