Slight reminiscences of the Rhine, Switzerland, and a corner of Italy [by M. Boddington].

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1834
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Page 280 - ... seemed to force them out from their clinging drapery of pines, — the lake glittering like liquid fire, and the sky like a temple in which angels might hold their jubilees. As darkness came on, the promontories seemed to detach themselves from the main land, and to advance into the lake, where they stood darkly and firmly, taking the form of islands as the back screen gradually receded from them, and was lost in the shroud of night. ' But again I feel how meagre is the gorgeousness of words,...
Page 53 - ... striking, was that the same open indulgence in gaming, that connects its name with " cards and dice, sharks and pigeons, seducing confederates and infatuated dupes," still continues. " The players continue their occupation in death-like silence, undisturbed by the buz or the gaze of the lookers-on ; not a sound was heard but the rattle of the heaped-up money, as it was passed from one side of the table to the other ; nor was the smallest anxiety or emotion visible in any countenance.
Page 265 - tis in season — 'tis as you yourself have done: Thou fang, thou claw, — thou gulf, thou maw ! — yielding partage fair to none. Where's the olliccr at audit, but has felt your cursed gripe? Squeez'd and tried with nice discernment, whether yet the wretch be ripe. Like the men our figs who gather, you are skilful to discern, Which is green, and which is ripe, and which is just...
Page 121 - char tered libertines," for such they are during their collegiate life, run a course of unbridled riot, mastering the quieter classes of society by their force and number : to be formidable seems their point of honour, and they sustain it fiercely. Many of these swaggerers are certainly of an age to have long since finished their studies, and others curl their angry mustachios as if they had already smelt powder, and were ' fit for treason, stratagem, or strife.
Page 308 - I understand, deservedly) as a lady of very superior talents and of strict veracity. After some slight notice of the Bath-house, Mrs. B. proceeds thus : — " Behind rolls the stormy Tamina, hemmed in at one side by the dark Bathhouse and the impending cliffs, while, on the other, a giant wall of perpendicular rock, starting up daringly, and shutting out the world — almost the light of Heaven — closes up the scene. Our guide proposed that we should visit the mineral springs that boil up from...
Page 235 - France, which have each a foot in their territory, have nothing in common with either nation as far as concerns the exterior. Nothing can be less French than a fair Swiss, unless it be a brown one. The light complexioned are more like the Scotch ; they have a fresh, cold, clear look ; the brown have not the rich eyes or mobility of countenance of the French ; they are heavier and produce less effect even when they happen to have better features. It is astonishing with what...
Page 168 - ... (occasionally black velvet), lined with white or scarlet, thrown open so as to display a red, or very bright green waistcoat, with embroidered braces (white or black) worn outside the splendid vest ; a large cocked hat, gallantly thrown off from the front of the head, or soberly flapped before, and the toilet finished by a spruce nosegay in the button-hole. The younger beaus sometimes adopt the flat, low-crowned beaver, with a few flowers, or a peacock's feather, or a velvet band and silver buckle....
Page 339 - Desdemona ; and should this whet the appetite for finer things, driving on to Milan, to meet them again on higher ground, or to shudder with La Pallarina, or sit down before the Hagar of the Brera, and think what hard hearts they had in Canaan. Delightful it would be, with health to enjoy and friends to share it ; — with such blessings, O, what a gift is life ! when we are wise and grateful enough not to abuse it.
Page 137 - ... its concomitant disadvantages.' * * * * ' The fearless, lawless air of a German student bespeaks a man who dreams of equality of station and unlimited license, and who will bluster about his rights and expectancies boldly and fiercely, at least while the hey-day of youth lasts. His mind is like his dress, manly and fanciful, but the black cravated student of the pays latin shows in his thoughtful eye, and abstracted yet ardent look, the spirit that never dies, the absorbing hope which clings...
Page 339 - How delightful it would be to live like sea gypsies,* floating all day long upon the lake, — steering up to Gravedona, and growing poetical amongst the mountains,— cheating the hot hours in the shades of LuchinOj-f where the sun never shines, or under * Vide Lalla Rookh. f I cannot find this name on the map of Como, but write it from the sound. the fig-trees of Cavagnola, or loitering out the cooler ones on some of those balmy terraces " ou les citronniers fleurissent.

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