Noble Dames and Notable Men of the Georgian Era

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John Lane Company, 1911 - Great Britain - 255 pages

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Page 196 - They will remember the peculiar character which belonged to that circle, in which every talent and accomplishment, every art and science, had its place. They will remember how the last debate was discussed in one corner, and the last comedy of Scribe in another; while Wilkie gazed with modest admiration on...
Page 160 - I happened soon after to attend one of his sermons, in the course of which I perceived he intended to finish with a collection, and I silently resolved he should get nothing from me. I had in my pocket a handful of copper money, three or four silver dollars, and five pistoles in gold. As he proceeded I began to soften, and concluded to give the coppers. Another stroke of his oratory made me ashamed of that, and determined me to give the silver; and he finished so admirably, that I emptied my pocket...
Page 189 - Forest,' skipping nimbly ; but there is much of good in it. It is a bore, I admit, to be past seventy, for you are left for execution, and are daily expecting the death-warrant; but, as you say, it is not anything very capital we quit. We are, at the close of life, only hurried away from stomach-aches, pains in the joints, from sleepless nights and unamusing days, from weakness, ugliness, and nervous tremors ; but we shall all meet again in another planet, cured of all our defects.
Page 196 - With peculiar fondness they will recall that venerable chamber, in which all the antique gravity of a college library was so singularly blended with all that female grace and wit could devise to embellish a drawing-room.
Page 193 - Sir James, introduce me to Mr. Macaulay :" and we turned, and there sate a large bold-looking woman, with the remains of a fine person, and the air of Queen Elizabeth. " Macaulay," said Sir James, "let me present you to Lady Holland.
Page 189 - Lady Holland, I am sorry to hear Allen is not well ; but the reduction of his legs is a pure and unmixed good ; they are enormous, — they are clerical ! He has the creed of a philosopher and the legs of a clergyman ; I never saw such legs, — at least, belonging to a layman.
Page 217 - ... and level turf, and stop when the ground lies rugged of his own accord, it will contribute to make riding easy and pleasant ; he may then enjoy the prospects around or think of any business without interruption to his progress. As to the choice of a horse our rider has no concern with that, but must content himself with such as nature and education have put into his hands : but since the spirit of the beast depends much upon the usage given him, every prudent man will endeavour to proportion...
Page 90 - This happened some days before, but meeting, as it were by accident, on the day here mentioned, they adjourned to the Adelphi, called for a room, shut the door, and being furnished with pistols, discharged them at each other without effect.
Page 197 - Macaulay explained all that he had ever said, done, written, or thought, and indicated his claim to the title of a great man, till Lady Holland got bored with Sir Thomas, told Macaulay she had had enough of him, and would have no more. This would have dashed and silenced an ordinary talker, but to Macaulay it was no more than replacing a book on its shelf, and he was as ready as ever to open on any other topic.
Page 206 - ... tale of violence and treachery, in which neither the motives nor the characters of the actors sufficiently justify them. The Italian too, by making Iphigenia an unwilling captive, takes away from Cymon the only excuse he could have had. The three charming lines with which Dryden's poem opens, Old as I am, for lady's love unfit, The power of beauty I remember yet...

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