Fleetwood: Or, the New Man of Feeling

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R. Bentley, 1853 - 371 pages
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Page vi - WHAT shall I do to be for ever known, And make the age to come my own...
Page viii - This I apprehended could best be effected by a secret murder, to the investigation of which the innocent victim should be impelled by an unconquerable spirit of curiosity. The murderer would thus have a sufficient motive to persecute the unhappy discoverer, that he might deprive him of peace, character, and credit, and have him for ever in his power.
Page 150 - It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men ; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
Page vii - I formed a conception of a book of fictitious adventure, that should in some way be distinguished by a very powerful interest. Pursuing this idea, I invented first the third volume of my tale, then the second, and last of all the first.
Page ix - I said to myself a thousand times ' I will write a tale, that shall constitute an epoch in the mind of the reader, that no one, after he has read it, shall ever be exactly the same man that he was before.
Page 335 - I was still speaking, I saw her move — if I live, I saw it. She turned her eyes this way and that ; she grinned and chattered at me. I looked from her to the other figure; that grinned and chattered too. Instantly a full and proper madness seized me ; I grinned and chattered in turn to the figures before me. It was not words that I heard or uttered ; it was murmurs and hissings, and lowings and howls. I became furious. I dashed the organ into a thousand fragments.
Page xv - ... faults which do not offer themselves to every eye, have remarked, that both these tales are in a vicious style of writing ; that Horace has long ago decided, that the story we cannot believe, we are, by all the laws of criticism, called upon to hate ; and that even the adventures of the honest secretary, who was first heard of ten years ago, are so much out of the usual road, that not one reader in a million can ever fear they will happen to himself.
Page 94 - You cannot think, pursued M. Vaublanc, what an advantage these mills are to the city of Lyons. In other places children are a burthen to their poor parents; they have to support them, till they are twelve or fourteen years of age, before they can do the least thing for their own maintenance: here the case is entirely otherwise. In other places they run ragged and wild about the streets: no such thing is to be seen at Lyons. In short, our town is a perfect paradise. We are able to take them at four...
Page 98 - ... The child, from the moment of his birth, is an experimental philosopher: he essays his organs and his limbs, and learns the use of his muscles. Every one who will attentively observe him, will find that this is his perpetual employment. But the whole process depends upon liberty. Put him into a mill, and his understanding will improve no more than that of the horse which turns it. I know that it is said that the lower orders of the people...

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