Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay ...

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Charlotte Barrett
Carey and Hart, 1842
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Page 743 - ... on the fame of the departed. All those whom we have been accustomed to revere as intellectual patriarchs seemed children when compared with her; for Burke had sat up all night to read her writings, and Johnson had pronounced her superior to Fielding, when Rogers was still a schoolboy, and Southey still in petticoats.
Page 130 - I had a sort of conference with his Majesty, or rather I was the object to whom he spoke, with a manner so uncommon, that a high fever alone could account for it ; a rapidity, a hoarseness of voice, a volubility, an earnestness — a vehemence, rather — it startled me inexpressibly...
Page 106 - Keep innocency, and take heed to the thing that is right ; for that shall bring a man peace at the last — peace in the evening of each day, peace in the day of death, and peace after death.
Page 138 - I am not ill, but I am nervous : if you would know what is the matter with me, I am nervous. But I love you both very well ; if you would tell me truth : I love Dr. Heberden best, for he has not told me a lie : Sir George has told me a lie — a white lie, he says, but I hate a white lie ! If you will tell me a lie, let it be a black lie !' " This was what he kept saying almost constantly, mixed in with other matter, but always returning, and in a voice that truly will never cease vibrating in my...
Page 192 - depend upon me! I will be your friend as long as I live ! — I here pledge myself to be your friend !' And then he saluted me again just as at the meeting, and suffered me to go on. " What a scene! how variously was I affected by it! but, upon the whole, how inexpressibly thankful to see him so nearly himself — so little removed from recovery...
Page 189 - I looked up, and met all his wonted benignity of countenance, though something still of wildness in his eyes. Think, however, of my surprise, to feel him put both his hands round my two shoulders, and then kiss my cheek!
Page 296 - I'll drink the King's health again, if I die for it. Yes, I have done it pretty well already; so has the King, I promise you ! I believe his Majesty was never taken such good care of before ; we have kept his spirits up, I promise you; we have enabled him to go through his fatigues ; and I should have done more still, but for the ball and Mary ; — I have promised to dance with Mary. I must keep sober for Mary.
Page 59 - ... then there appeared more of study than of truth, more of invective than of justice; and, in short, so little of proof to so much of passion, that in a very short time I began to lift up my head, my seat was no longer uneasy, my eyes were indifferent which way they looked, or what object caught them, and before I was myself aware of the declension of Mr. Burke's powers over my feelings, I found myself a mere spectator in a public place, and looking all around it, with my opera-glass in my hand...
Page 191 - now do you come in and let the lady go on her walk, — come, now, you have talked a long while, — so we'll go in — if your Majesty pleases.
Page 47 - When he narrated, he was easy, flowing, and natural ; when he declaimed, energetic, warm, and brilliant. The sentiments he interspersed were as nobly conceived as they were highly coloured ; his satire had a poignancy of wit that made it as entertaining as it was penetrating ; his allusions and quotations, as far as they were English and within my reach, were apt and ingenious ; and the wild and sudden flights of his fancy, bursting forth from his creative imagination in language fluent, forcible,...

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