Passages from the Diary of a Late Physician, Volume 1

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William Blackwood & Sons, 1838 - Diseases - 509 pages

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Page 123 - To assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness and my melancholy, As he is very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me. I'll have grounds More relative than this: the play's the thing Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.
Page 124 - Ecstasy! My pulse, as yours, doth temperately keep time, And makes as healthful music. It is not madness That I have utter'd : bring me to the test, And I the matter will re-word, which madness Would gambol from.
Page 134 - For his bride a soldier sought her, And a winning tongue had he: On the banks of Allan Water None was gay as she!
Page 257 - Betty staggered horror-struck to the bed, and uttering a loud shriek, alarmed Mrs. J , who instantly tottered up stairs, almost palsied with fright. Miss J was dead ! • I was there within a few minutes, for my house was not more than two streets distant. It was a stormy night in March : and the desolate aspect of things without — deserted streets — the dreary howling of the wind, and the incessant pattering of the rain, contributed to cast a gloom over my mind, when connected with the intelligence...
Page 258 - The ghastly visage of death thus leering through the tinselry of fashion — the" vain show" of artificial joy — was a horrible mockery of the fooleries of life ! Indeed it was a most humiliating and shocking spectacle. Poor creature!
Page 259 - Indeed it was a most humiliating and shocking spectacle. Poor creature ! struck dead in the very act of sacrificing at the shrine of female vanity! She must have been dead for some time, perhaps for twenty minutes or half an hour, when I arrived, for nearly all the animal heat had deserted the body, which was rapidly stiffening. I attempted, but in vain, to draw a little blood from the arm. Two or three women present proceeded to remove the corpse to the bed for the purpose of laying it out. What...
Page 40 - I had the honour of visiting one or two other families of high rank ; and I felt conscious that I was laying the foundation of a fashionable and lucrative practice. With joy unutterable, I contrived to be ready for our half-yearly tormentor, old L ; and somewhat surprised him, by asking with an easy air, when he wished for a return of his principal. Of course, he was not desirous of losing such interest as I was paying ! I had seen too much of the bitterness of adversity, to suffer the dawn of good...
Page 99 - ... mock us in this way ? There were no balls in the pistols !" exclaimed Trevor, fiercely. Lord and the seconds explained the well-meant artifice, and received an indignant curse for their pains. It was in vain we all implored them to be reconciled, as each had done amply sufficient to vindicate their honour. Trevor almost gnashed his teeth with fury. There was something fiendish, I thought, in the expression of his countenance. " It is easily remedied," said Captain , as his eye caught several...
Page 328 - Several large drops of rain, pattering heavily among the leaves and branches, corroborated my words, by announcing a coming shower, and the air was sultry enough to warrant the expectation of a thunderstorm. We therefore buttoned up our greatcoats to the chin, and hurried on to the churchyard wall, which ran across the bottom of the lane. This wall we had to climb over to get into the churchyard, and it was not a very high one. Here Tip annoyed us again. I told him to lay down his bag, mount the...
Page 7 - One fat fellow actually whiffled out, " if he might make so bold," he would advise me to leave off' book-making, and stick to my practice. Another assured me he had got two similar works then in the press ; and the last I consulted, told me I was too young, he thought, to have seen enough of practice for writing " a book of that nature," as his words were. " Publish it on your own account, love,

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