Peeps into the haunts and homes of the rural population of Cornwall [ed. by W.H. Tregellas].

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1879
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Page 13 - And not for justice ? What, shall one of us, That struck the foremost man of all this world But for supporting robbers, shall we now Contaminate our fingers with base bribes, And sell the mighty space of our large honours For so much trash as may be grasped thus ? I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon, Than such a Roman.
Page x - As increasing communication among the inhabitants of different parts of England, and the spread of school education among the lower ranks of the people tend to substitute book English for the provincial dialects, it is likely that after a few years many of them will linger only in the more secluded parts of the land, if they live at all
Page 2 - ... or ridiculous, I should be desirous of placing such a one at Mousehole or any village in the neighbourhood of Penzance, and for an hour to enter into easy conversation with its rustic inhabitants, and having well rivetted their sing-song (chant) on his ear, to perceive the lessening and altering of the intonation of the inhabitants as he proceeds eastward, through Towednack, St. Ives, Hayle, and Camborne. Eastward of Camborne, even at Redruth, the natural chant has died away ; nor is it again...
Page x - England, and the spread of school-education among the lower ranks of our population, tend to substitute book-English for the provincial dialects, it is likely that, after a few years, many of them will linger only in the more secluded parts of the land, if they live at all ; though they would give valuable light to the antiquary, as well as to the philologist, of that increasing class who wish to purify our tongue, and enrich it from its own resources.
Page 2 - ... and vocally representing with minute accuracy the subtlest distinctions of word and tone, even between neighbouring parishes, thought he could plainly trace the limits of the two dialects. The opinion of so well-known an expert may be here given : — " To any one who may be disposed to jeer at the idea as fallacious or ridiculous, I should be desirous of placing such a one at Mousehole or any village in the neighbourhood of Penzance, and for an hour to enter into easy conversation with its rustic...
Page 173 - Humorous and Satirical Remarks on Zebedee Jacka's real adventures at the Exhibition in July, 1872.
Page 175 - The Tourist's Guide through Cornwall, by Road, by River, and by Rail. Illustrated with original Etchings from Sketches taken on the spot. By Tliomaa llingston Harvey. Truro: JR Xctherton, 1861, 12mo, pp. 89, ]. 6d'
Page 173 - Turned ; A Night's Adventure and its consequences ; The Three Cornish Graces ; A Proverb Reversed ; A Sorrow-bringing Sovereign ; A Resolution, and what came of it. Price 6d., by Post yd.

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