Scenes of clerical life, Volume 1

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B. Tauchnitz, 1859

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I found these novellas each quite different. "Amos Barton", the first and shortest was probably my favourite. Everyone in it was resolutely ordinary and nothing really remarkable happened, but it felt ... Read full review

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This was George Eliot's first published work. Unlike her later works it is not a novel but instead three short stories. The first is The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton. Reverend Barton is ... Read full review

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Page 127 - tempers, ashamed of their worldliness, ashamed of ' their trivial, futile past. The first condition of human goodness is something to love; the second, something to reverence. And this latter precious gift was brought to Milby by Mr. Tryan and Evangelicalism. Yes, the movement was good, though it had that
Page 284 - which bears a fuller record: it is Janet Dempster, rescued from self-despair, strengthened with divine hopes, and now looking back on years of purity and helpful labour. The man who has left such a memorial behind him, must have been one whose heart beat with true, compassion, and whose lips were moved by fervent faith. THE END.
Page 4 - thing, too —- ask any farmer; and very pritty it was to see the strings o' heggs hanging up in poor people's houses. You'll not see 'em nowhere now." "Pooh!" said Mr. Luke Byles, who piqued himself on his reading, and was in the habit of asking casual acquaintances if they knew anything of Hobbes;
Page 27 - towards his neighbours, not only in imperfect English, but in loans of money to the ostensibly rich, and in sacks of potatoes to the obviously poor. Assuredly Milby had that salt of goodness which keeps the world together, in greater abundance than was visible on the surface: innocent babes were
Page 127 - an offence to feeble and fastidious minds, who want human actions and characters riddled through the sieve of their own ideas, before they can accord their sympathy or admiration. Such minds, I dare say, would have found Mr. Tryan's character very much in need of that riddling process. The blessed work
Page 135 - in, Mr. Tryan: who's to fill up your place, if you was to be disabled, as I may say? Consider what a valyable life yourn is. You've begun a great work i Milby, an' so you might carry 't on, if you'd your health and strength. The more care you tek o
Page 119 - we know, is apt to repeat herself, and to foist very old incidents upon us with Only a slight change of costume. From the time of Xerxes downwards, we have seen generals playing the braggadocio at the outset of their campaigns, and conquering the enemy with the greatest ease in after-dinner speeches. But events are apt
Page 118 - found it no stronger armour against such weapons as derisive glances and virulent words, than against stones and clubs: his conscience was in repose, but his sensibility was bruised. Once more only did the Evangelical curate pass up Orchard Street followed by a train of friends; once more only was there a crowd assembled to witness
Page 9 - recently been elected through Mr. Dempster's exertions, in order that his zeal against the threatened evening lecture might be backed by the dignity of office. "Come, come, Pilgrim," said Mr. Tomlinson, covering Mr. Budd's retreat, "you know you like to wear the crier's coat, green o' one side and red o
Page 157 - smile; but the poor face, in its sad blurred Beauty, looked all the more piteous. "Mother will insist upon her tea," she said, "and I really think I can drink a cup. But I must go home directly, for there are people coming to dinner. Could you go with me and help me, mother?'

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