Evelina; or, The history of a young lady's entrance into the world. With an intr. and notes by A.R. Ellis

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Annie Raine Ellis
George Bell and Sons, 1881 - 428 pages
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Page lxi - To draw characters from nature, though not from life, and to mark the manners of the times, is the attempted plan of the following letters. For this purpose, a young female, educated in the most secluded retirement, makes, at the age of seventeen, her first appearance upon the great and busy...
Page 62 - His son seems weaker in his understanding, and more gay in his temper; but his gaiety is that of a foolish overgrown schoolboy, whose mirth consists in noise and disturbance.
Page 366 - Mock you !" repeated he earnestly ; " no ! I revere you ! I esteem and I admire you above all human beings ! you are the friend to whom my soul is attached as to its better half! you are the most amiable, the most perfect of women ! and you are dearer to me than language has the power of telling.
Page xx - Yes, madam; you must give me some of your choice little notes of the Doctor's ; we have seen him long enough upon stilts ; I want to show him in a new light. Grave Sam, and great Sam, and solemn Sam, and learned Sam — all these he has appeared over and over. Now I want to entwine a wreath of the graces across his brow; I want to show him as gay Sam, agreeable Sam, pleasant Sam: so you must help me with some of his beautiful billets to yourself.
Page 19 - I cannot tell, for my hair is so much entangled, frizled they call it, that I fear it will be very difficult. I am half afraid of this ball to-night, for, you know, I have never danced but at school ; however, Miss Mirvan says there is nothing in it. Yet I wish it was over. Adieu, my dear Sir ; pray excuse the wretched stuff I write, perhaps I may improve by being in this town, and then my letters will be less unworthy your reading.
Page 165 - Remember, my dear Evelina, nothing is so delicate as the reputation of a woman ; it is at once the most beautiful and most brittle of all human things.
Page xiii - Cecilia', — an elderly lady with no remains of personal beauty, but with a simple and gentle manner, and pleasing expression of countenance, and apparently quick feelings. She told me she had wished to see two persons — myself, of course, being one, the other, George Canning. This was really a compliment to be pleased with — a nice little handsome pat of butter made up by a neat-handed Phillis...
Page 25 - Madam," (said he, with an important air,) "a few moments refrain! — I have but a sentence to trouble you with. — May I know to what accident I must attribute not having the honour of your hand?" "Accident, Sir!" repeated I, much astonished. "Yes, accident, Madam — for surely, — I must take the liberty to observe — pardon me, Madam, — it ought to be no common one — that should tempt a lady — so young a one too, — to be guilty of ill manners.
Page 76 - Why, what the d — 1," cried the captain, " do you come to the play without knowing what it is ?" " O yes, sir, yes, very frequently ; I have no time to read playbills ; one merely comes to meet one's friends, and show that one's alive.
Page 88 - that three shillings was an exorbitant price for a place in the gallery, but as we'd been asked so much more at the other doors, why I paid it without many words ; but then, to be sure, thinks I, it can never be like any other gallery, — we shall see some crinkum crankum or other for our money ; — but I find it's as arrant a take-in as ever I met with.

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