Ralph the Heir

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G. Routledge, 1872 - 434 pages
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Page 62 - That hangs his head, and a' that ? The coward-slave, we pass him by, We dare be poor for a' that ! For a' that, and a' that, Our toils obscure, and a' that ; The rank is but the guinea stamp ; The man's the gowd for a
Page 70 - ... one's heart, to (inf.) : He couldn't find it in his heart to leave the poor orphans. Get ln(to) one's head. Without it. 1762 Goldsmith, Cit. World Ixxviii 2, The people, it seems, have got into their heads that they have more wit than others. With it. 1860 Trollope, Ralph the Heir (Tauchn.) I, 121, Mrs. N. has got it into her head that she don't want you for Polly. | 1876 Geo. Eliot, Dan. Deronda I, vii, Anna had got it into her head that you would want to ride after the hounds this morning....
Page 301 - ... contented to struggle for success, and struggling, fail. Here and there comes one who struggles and succeeds. But the men are many who see the beauty, who adopt the task, who promise themselves the triumph, and then never struggle at all. The task is never abandoned; but days go by and weeks; and then months and years - and nothing is done. The dream of youth becomes the doubt of middle life, and then the despair of age.
Page 145 - I'ma fool for my pains. It will cost me some money that I oughtn't to spend. If I get in, I don't know that I can do any good or that it can do me any good.
Page 146 - You'll spend a thousand pounds in the election. You won't get in, of course, but you'll petition. That'll be another thousand. You'll succeed there, and disfranchise the borough. It will be a great career, and no doubt you'll find it satisfactory. You mustn't show yourself in Percycross afterwards ; — that's all.
Page 424 - ... from his author chiefly this, that he shall be amused by a narrative in which elevated sentiment prevails, and gratified by being made to feel that the elevated sentiments described are exactly his own....
Page 388 - And there are men who love work, who revel in that, who attack it daily with renewed energy, almost wallowing in it, greedy of work, who go to it almost as the drunkard goes to his bottle, or the gambler to his gaming-table.
Page 303 - What excuse had he for placing himself in contact with such filth ? Of what childishness had he not been the victim when he allowed himself to dream that he, a pure and scrupulous man, could go among such impurity as he had found at Percycross, and come out, still clean and yet triumphant ? Then he thought of Griffenbottom as a member of Parliament, and of that Legislation and that Constitution to which Griffenbottoms were thought to be essentially necessary. That there are always many such men in...
Page 57 - He was great upon Strikes, — in reference to which perilous subject he was altogether at variance with his father, who worshipped capital and hated unions. Ontario held horrible ideas about co-operative associations, the rights of labour, and the welfare of the masses.
Page 425 - It is the test of a novel writer's art that he conceals his snake-inthe-grass ; but the reader may be sure that it is always there.

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