James Fenimore Cooper

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John Lane Company, 1913 - 368 pages
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Page 163 - The trapper had remained nearly motionless for an hour. His eyes alone had occasionally opened and shut. When opened, his gaze seemed fastened on the clouds which hung around the western horizon, reflecting the bright colors and giving form and loveliness to the glorious tints of an American sunset. The hour—the calm beauty of the season -—the occasion, all conspired to fill the spectators with solemn awe.
Page 245 - Bruxelles of the name of Verboeck-Hoven (which, translated into the vernacular, means a bull and a book baked in an oven!}, who is another Paul Potter. He outdoes all other men in drawing cattle, etc., with a suitable landscape. In his way, he is truly admirable. Well, sir, this artist did me the favor to call at Bruxelles with the request that I would let him sketch my face. He came after the horses were ordered, and, knowing the difficulty of the task, I thanked him, but was compelled to refuse....
Page 246 - I cannot say the likeness is good, it has a vastly life-like look, and is like all the other pictures you have seen of my chameleon face. Let that be as it will, the compliment is none the less, and, provided the artist does not mean to serve me up as a specimen of American wild beasts, I shall thank him for it. To be followed twelve posts by a first-rate artist, who is in favor with the king, is so unusual that I was curious to know how far our minds were in unison, and so I probed him a little....
Page 112 - The latter turned, — Cooper held out his hand cordially, dashed at once into an animated conversation, took a chair, and, to my surprise and delight, the two authors sat for an hour, chatting in their best manner about almost every topic of the day and some of former days. They parted with cordial good wishes, and Mr. Irving afterwards frequently alluded to the incident as being a very great gratification to him. He may have recalled it with new satisfaction, when, not many months afterwards, he...
Page 6 - ... visited the rough and hilly country of Otsego, where there existed not an inhabitant, nor any trace of a road; I was alone three hundred miles from home, without bread, meat, or food of any kind; fire and fishing tackle were my only means of subsistence. I caught trout in the brook, and roasted them on the ashes.
Page 32 - ... spent his money freely, and sometimes that of other people; was particularly tenacious of the ritual, and of all the decencies of the church ; detested a democrat as he did the devil; cracked his jokes daily about Mr. Jefferson and Black Sal, never failing to place his libertinism in strong relief against the approved morals of George III, of several passages in whose history it is charity to suppose he was ignorant...
Page 163 - The hour — the calm beauty of the season — the occasion, all conspired to fill the spectators with solemn awe. Suddenly, while musing on the remarkable position in which he was placed, Middleton felt the hand which he held grasp his own with incredible power, and the old man, supported on either side by his friends, rose upright to his feet. For a...
Page 63 - City — to rub off the rust — but hold a moment, it is enough she pleases me in the qualities of her person and mind — "Like a true Quixotic lover, I made proposals to her father — he has answered them in the most gentlemanly manner — You have my consent to address my daughter if you will gain the approbation of your mother — He also informs me that his daughter has an estate in...
Page 57 - All ladies, sir, provided with shoes and stockings, are to be led to the head of the Virginia reel ; ladies with shoes, and without stockings, are considered in the second rank ; ladies without either shoes or stockings, you will lead, gentlemen, to the foot of the country-dance !" Such was a grand military ball in Oswego county, at that date.
Page 95 - I remember, too, being somewhat startled, coming as I did from the seclusion of a country life, with a certain emphatic frankness in his manner, which, however, I came at last to like and to admire.

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