The Bertrams, Volume 2

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George Bertram decides to become a barrister, since his rich uncle has made it clear that George will not be his heir. George's friend, Arthur (a minister), decides not to ask Adela to marry him ... Read full review

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Still loyal to the old postman,enjoyed this, a lesser known item. Has a naive almost clockwork simplicity framed in conventions of Victorian morality, bit like the appeal of Petrushka or a comic book ... Read full review

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Page 324 - Harry and me could not go through the college on the little my faither had left. So late one night I saw my way clear to what I should do. Harry must go, I must stay. I must come home to the farm, and be my own ' man ' ; then I could send Harry to the college to be a doctor, for...
Page 60 - This at least should be a rule through the letter-writing world : that no angry letter be posted till four-and-twenty hours shall have elapsed since it was written. We all know how absurd is that other rule, that of saying the alphabet when you are angry. Trash ! Sit down and write your letter ; write it with all the venom in your- power ; spit out your spleen at the fullest ; 'twill do you good ; you think you have been injured ; say all that you can say with all your poisoned eloquence, and gratify...
Page 5 - Let the people want what they will, Jew senators, cheap corn, vote by ballot, no property qualification, or anything else, the Tories will carry it for them if the Whigs cannot. A poor Whig premier has none but the Liberals to back him ; but a reforming Tory will be backed by all the world — except those few whom his own dishonesty will personally have disgusted.
Page 294 - gang that gait' again. There is a melancholy in this that will tinge our thoughts, let us draw ever so strongly on our philosophy. We can still walk with our wives — and that is pleasant too, very — of course. But there was more animation in it when we walked with the same ladies under other names. Nay, sweet spouse, mother of dear bairns, who hast so well done thy duty ; but this was so, let thy brows be knit never so angrily. That lord of thine has been indifferently good to thee, and thou...
Page 61 - Not long, so that it be tedious in the reading; nor brief, so that the delight suffice not to make itself felt. It should be written specially for the reader, and should apply altogether to him, and not altogether to any other. It should never flatter. Flattery is always odious. But underneath the visible stream of pungent water there may be the slightest under-current of eulogy, so that it be not seen, but only understood. Censure it may contain freely, but censure which in arraigning the conduct...
Page 100 - So stern had he been in his bearing that she could not condescend even to a word of apology. He had hitherto remained standing ; but on hearing this he flung himself into a chair and buried his face in his hands. Even then she might have been softened, and he might have relented, and all might have been well ! ' I was very unhappy, GTeorge,' she said ; ' that letter had made me very unhappy, and I hardly knew where to turn for relief.
Page 339 - To neither man nor woman does the world fairly begin till seated together in their first mutual home they bethink themselves that the excitement of their honeymoon is over. It would seem that the full meaning of the word marriage can never be known by those who, at their first outspring into life, are surrounded by all that money can give. It requires the single sitting-room, the single fire, the necessary little efforts of self-devotion, the inward declaration that some struggle...
Page 61 - Then put it in your desk ; and, as a matter of course, burn it before breakfast the following morning. Believe me that you will then have a double gratification. A pleasant letter I hold to be the pleasantest thing that this world has to give. It should be good-humoured; witty it may be, but with a gentle diluted wit. Concocted brilliancy will spoil it altogether. Not long, so that it be tedious in the reading; nor brief, so that the delight suffice not to make itself felt.
Page 264 - No man thinks there is much ado about nothing when the ado is about himself,
Page 5 - At that time men had not learnt thoroughly by experience, as now they have, that no reform, no innovation — experience almost justifies us in saying no revolution — stinks so foully in the nostrils of an English Tory politician as to be absolutely irreconcilable to him.

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