Lives of Twelve Bad Men: Original Studies of Eminent Scoundrels by Various Hands, Ed. by Thomas Seccombe

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Thomas Seccombe
T. F. Unwin, 1894 - Crime - 373 pages
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Page 73 - Richard, Richard, dost thou think we'll hear thee poison the court? Richard, thou art an old fellow, an old knave; thou hast written books enough to load a cart, every one as full of sedition, I might say treason, as an egg is full of meat. Hadst thou been whipped out of thy writing trade forty years ago, it had been happy.
Page 330 - Town, an oil portrait of a young lady from his clever brush ; and it is said that " he had contrived to put the expression of his own wickedness into the portrait of a nice, kind-hearted girl." M. Zola, in one of his novels, tells us of a young man who, having committed a murder, takes to art, and paints greenish impressionist portraits of perfectly respectable -people, all of which bear a curious resemblance to his victim. The development of Mr.
Page 59 - Every old woman with a wrinkled face, a furred brow, a hairy lip, a gobber tooth, a squint eye, a squeaking voice, or a scolding tongue, having a rugged coat on her back, a skull-cap on her head, a spindle in her hand, and a dog or cat by her side, is not only suspected, but pronounced for a witch.
Page 60 - And some for sitting above ground, Whole days and nights, upon their breeches, And feeling pain, were hang'd for witches ; And some for putting knavish tricks Upon green geese and turkey-chicks, iso Or pigs that suddenly deceast Of griefs unnat'ral, as he guest ; Who after prov'd himself a witch, And made a rod for his own breech.
Page 87 - He talked fluently, and with spirit ; and his weakness was, that he could not reprehend without scolding, and in such Billingsgate language, as should not come out of the mouth of any man. He called it " giving a lick with the rough side of his tongue.
Page 74 - Tis notoriously known (says he) there has been a design to ruin the king and nation ; the old game has been renewed, and this has been the main incendiary : He is as modest now as can be ; but time was, when no man was so ready at, Bind your kings in chains, and your nobles in fetters of iron ; and, To your tents, O Israel ! Gentlemen, for God's sake, don't let us be gulled twice in an age, &c.
Page 69 - He was witty upon the prisoners at the bar. He was very full of his jokes upon people that came to give evidence, not suffering them to declare what they had to say in their own way and method, but would interrupt them because they behaved themselves with more gravity than he.
Page 77 - Know, friend, there is no religion that any man can pretend to can give a countenance to lying, or can dispense with telling the truth. Thou hast a precious, immortal soul, and there is nothing in the world equal to it in value.
Page 218 - Who with an INFLEXIBLE CONSTANCY, and INIMITABLE UNIFORMITY of Life, PERSISTED, In spite of AGE and INFIRMITIES, In the Practice of EVERY HUMAN VICE; Excepting PRODIGALITY and HYPOCRISY : His insatiable AVARICE exempted him from the first, His matchless IMPUDENCE from the second.
Page 87 - Bar bitterly felt. Those above, or that could hurt or benefit him, and none else, might depend on fair quarter at his hands. When he was in temper and matters indifferent came before him, he became his seat of justice better than any other I ever saw in his place.

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