The Jessamy Bride

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Page 194 - ... it, and discover the doctor's monkey face and cloven foot. Your poetic vanity is as unpardonable as your personal. Would man believe it, and will woman bear it, to be told that for hours the great Goldsmith will stand surveying his grotesque orang-outang's figure in a pierglass ? Was but the lovely H k as much enamoured, you would not sigh, my gentle swain, in vain.
Page 403 - My heart is broken!" She fell into a chair, and covered her face with her hands. He looked at her for a moment ; then, with a cry of agony, he went out of the room — out of the house. In his heart, as he wandered on to the high road, there was not much of the exaltation of a man who knows that he has overcome an unworthy impulse. CHAPTER XXXII.
Page 407 - My dear — dear sister," said Katherine, " is it possible that you — you " " That I loved him, do you ask? " cried Mary, raising her head. " Yes, I loved him — I love him still — I shall never love any one else, and I am going to him to tell him so. Ah ! God will be good — God will be good. My love shall live until I go to him.
Page 213 - yes,' then I say that men who are not poets should go down on their knees and thank Heaven that they are not poets. Happy it is for mankind that Heaven has laid on few men the curse of being poets. For myself, I feel that I would rather be a man for an hour than a poet for all time.
Page 376 - ... Jessamy Bride, with whom he had resumed his old relations of friendship. When she visited her sister at Barton she wrote to him in her usual high spirits. Little Comedy also sent him letters full of the fun in which she delighted to indulge with him, and he was never too busy to reply in the same strain. The pleasant circle at Bunbury's country house wished to have him once again in their midst, to join in their pranks, and to submit, as he did with such good will, to their practical jests. He...
Page 107 - ... Is it needful?" In your mind Give truthful answer. And the next Is last and narrowest, "Is it kind?" And if to reach your lips at last It passes through these gateways three, Then you may tell the tale, nor fear What the result of speech may be.2 Three Gates...
Page 3 - we have eaten an excellent dinner, we are a company of intelligent men — although I allow that we should have difficulty in proving that we are so if it became known that we sat down with a Scotchman — and now pray do not mar the self-satisfaction which intelligent men experience after dining, by making assertions based on ignorance and maintained by sophistry.
Page 11 - What a pity it is that honest Goldsmith is so persistent in his attempts to shine," whispered Boswell to Burke. "'Tis a great pity, truly, that a lark should try to make its voice heard in the neighbourhood of a Niagara," said Burke. "Pray, sir, what is a Niagara?" asked Boswell. "A Niagara?" said Burke. "Better ask Dr. Goldsmith; he alluded to it in his latest poem. Dr. Goldsmith, Mr. Boswell wishes to know what a Niagara is.
Page 5 - ... expression. It was the expression of a man who is greatly grieved. Then, with the exactitude of two automatic figures worked by the same machinery, they turned their heads again toward Johnson. "Sir," said Johnson, "your endeavour to evade the consequences of maintaining a silly argument by thrusting forward a question touching upon mankind in general, suggests an assumption on your part that my intelligence is of an inferior order to your own, and that, sir, I cannot permit to pass unrebuked.
Page 7 - It must only have been in sport, sir," said Boswell mildly. "Sir, Dr. Goldsmith may have earned reprobation," cried Johnson, "but he has been guilty of nothing' so heinous as to deserve the punishment of having- you as his advocate." " Oh, sir, surely Mr. Boswell is the best one in the world to pronounce an opinion as to what was said in sport, and what in earnest,

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