The history of sir Charles Grandison, Volume 7

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Rivington, 1820
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Page 11 - How could Sir Charles, so thorough an Englishman, have been happy with an Italian wife ? His heart, indeed, is generously open and benevolent to people of all countries : he is, as I have often heard you say, in the noblest sense, a citizen of the world : but see we not, that his long residence abroad has only the more endeared him to the religion, the government, the manners of England...
Page 323 - ... fictitious pieces, in which authors have given success (and happiness, as it is called) to their heroes of vicious, if not of profligate, characters, that they have exhibited human nature as it is. Its corruption may, indeed, be exhibited in the faulty character ; but need pictures of this be held out in books? Is not vice crowned with success, triumphant, and rewarded, and perhaps set off with wit and spirit, a dangerous representation ? And is it not made even more dangerous by the hasty reformation,...
Page 324 - There is no manner of inconvenience in having a pattern propounded to us of so great perfection as is above our reach to attain to, and there may be great advantages in it. The way to excel in any kind is optima qucegue exempla ad imitandum proponere — to propose the brightest and most perfect examples to our imitation.
Page 314 - Mrs. Reeves is to bring hers. They are to crow at one another, and we are to have a squalling concert. As it is Sunday, I will sing an anthem to them. My pug will not crow if I don't sing. Yet I am afraid the little pagans will be less alive to a Christian hymn, than to the sprightlier Phillida, Pbillida, of Tom Durfey.
Page 320 - The editor of the foregoing collection has the more readily undertaken to publish it" [amiable pretense] "because he thinks human nature has often, of late, been shown in a light too degrading; and he hopes, from this series of letters, it will be seen that characters may be good without being unnatural...
Page 26 - The orchard, which takes up near three acres of ground, is planted in a peculiar taste. A neat stone bridge, in the centre of it, is thrown over the river : it is planted in a natural slope ; the higher fruit-trees, as pears, in a semicircular row, first ; apples at further distances next ; cherries, plumbs, standard apricots, &c. , all which in the season of blossoming, one row gradually lower than another, must make a charming variety of blooming sweets to the eye from the top of the rustic villa,...
Page 220 - ... a husband ? And should I, after that vow, behold an object whom I could indeed have loved ? A Duke de Nemours ! said she, taking up the Princess of Cleves, that unluckily lay on my table — Ah, my Henrietta ! have I found you out ? — That princess, my dear, was a silly woman. Her story is written with dangerous elegance ; but the whole foundation of her distresses was an idle one. To fancy herself in love with a mere stranger, because he appeared agreeable at a ball, when she lived happily...

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