Humour of France

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Walter Scott, 1893 - French Humour - 463 pages
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Page 106 - ... immediately, and such salutary medicines administered, that in a few days his health was re-established : but his understanding had received a rude shock, which I plainly perceived in the very next discourse which he composed. I did not, however, find the difference between this and the rest so sensible, as to make me conclude that the orator began to flag ; and waited for another homily to fix my resolution. This indeed was quite decisive ; sometimes the good old prelate repeated the same thing...
Page xviii - He was, in the truest sense, a man of original mind, that is, he had the power of looking at things for himself, or as they really were...
Page 85 - THE COCK AND THE FOX. UPON a tree there mounted guard A veteran cock, adroit and cunning; When to the roots a fox up running Spoke thus, in tones of kind regard : — " Our quarrel, brother, 's at an end ; Henceforth I hope to live your friend; For peace now reigns Throughout the animal domains. I bear the news. Come down, I pray, And give me the embrace fraternal ; And please, mv brother, do n't delay: So much the tidings do concern all, That I must spread them far to-day.
Page 55 - ... are several from which one may descend without falling down. It does indeed appear to me that we value it at too high a rate, and also over-value the resolution of those whom we have either seen or heard have contemned it, or displaced themselves of their own accord. Its essence is not...

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