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Page 143 - ... and leaden images. But all thefe defects,' and many others, he has now corrected by a judicious application of modern tafte. His doors are fo reduced, you cannot enter with your hat on ; and his windows fo contracted, that you have fcarce light enough to find it, if you pull it off.
Page 263 - ... reflections of the most profound teacher of republican maxims. To do the genteel thing, to wear the genteel thing, a genteel method of education and living, or a genteel way of becoming either a knave or a bankrupt, has ruined as many once worthy families as a plague or a civil war, and rooted out of this country more real virtues than can be replanted in it for many centuries. A sense of duties in our several relations is prodigiously ungenteel.
Page 144 - Strong-beer there was none; and the fmall, though nobody at home could drink it, was not fuffered to be given away. The fervants were always out of humour, and frequently changing ; and the tradefmen who brought their bills, were paid only by a wrangle, or a draught on fome tenant who owed no rent. There was not a neighbour very near, except the parfon of the parifh, and Alderman Grub, a rich citizen, who had purchafed a confiderable part of it from Sir Harry. With thefe they lived in a ftate of...
Page 72 - I shall endeavour to lay down a few of the most certain rules, by which all persons may be instructed in the art of playing at this ROYAL GAME of HAPPINESS. And I am the more willing to promote the knowledge of this game, as it depends rather upon skill and address, than chance and fortune. It is not played with ever-dangerous dice, like Back-gammon or Tricktrack : nor like Bragg, by audacity of countenance, and polite cozenage : and though, like Picquet, there is much putting out and taking in,...
Page 138 - I should never have recollected, had it not been for the information of a fine old coat, in which I remembered him to have made a figure about town many years ago. After the...
Page 246 - Menagiana a very pretty story of one of these angry gentlemen, which sets their extravagancy in a very ridiculous light. Two gentlemen were riding together, one of whom, who was a choleric one, happened to be mounted on a highmettled horse. The horse grew a little troublesome, at which the rider grew very angry, and whipped and spurred him with great fury, to which the horse, almost as wrongheaded as his master, replied with kicking and plunging.
Page 51 - ... and every fine gentleman to reflect, how much more •wretched would be his, if after wasting . his estate, his health, and his life in extravagance, indolence, and luxury, he should again revive in the situation of one of his creditors.
Page 58 - To lament the loss of religion, and abuse its professors ; to censure the constitution of a state, and its constituents, are quite different things. And though a man may prefer the army, with which Henry the fifth beat the French at Agincourt, to our present soldiery, yet examine them one by one, and there is scarce a...
Page 323 - Unfortunately for him, his eye caught mine; and hoping (as I suppose) to captivate me by his great skill in driving, he made two or three flourishes with his whip, which so frightened the horse, that he ran furiously away with the carriage, dashed it against a post, and threw the driver from...