The Bertrams

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Harper & Brothers, Publishers, Franklin Square., 1859 - England - 528 pages
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Examines the ideas of competition and survival of the fittest in Victorian society through the careers of three Oxford graduates.

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Page 77 - And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, "Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!" And Jesus answering said unto him, "Seest thou these great buildings? There shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Page 450 - I'd have you remember that when poverty comes in at the door, love flies out at the window.
Page 75 - THEN Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the Lord appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Oman the Jebusite.
Page 181 - ... stinks so foully in the nostrils of an English Tory politician as to be absolutely irreconcilable to him. When taken in the refreshing waters of office any such pill can be swallowed.
Page 227 - So stern had he been in his bearing that she could not condescend even to a word of apology. He had hitherto remained standing ; but on hearing this he flung himself into a chair and buried his face in his hands. Even then she might have been softened, and he might have relented, and all might have been well. " I was very unhappy, George," she said ; " that letter had ' made me very unhappy, and 1 hardly knew where to turn for relief.
Page 181 - Let the people want what they will, Jew senators, cheap corn, vote by ballot, no property qualification, or anything else, the Tories will carry it for them if the Whigs cannot. A poor Whig premier has none but the Liberals to back him; but a reforming Tory will be backed by all the world — except those few whom his own dishonesty will personally have disgusted.
Page 5 - We perform our operations under chloroform ; and it has even been suggested that those schoolmasters who insist on adhering in some sort to the doctrines of Solomon should perform their operations in the same guarded manner. If the disgrace be absolutely necessary, let it be inflicted, but not the bodily pain.
Page 407 - England as it will be, think not overmuch of your lovers' incomes. He that is true and honest will not have to beg his bread, neither his nor yours. The true and...
Page 6 - English youth are now spurred on to deeds of — what shall we say? — money-making activity. Let every place in which a man can hold up his head be the reward of some antagonistic struggle, of some grand competitive examination. Let us get rid of the fault of past ages. With us, let the race be ever to the swift; the victory always to the strong. And let us always be racing, so that the swift and strong shall ever be known among us. But what, then, for those who are not swift, not strong ? Vae...
Page 348 - I know full well the tone with which they toll when the soul is ushered to its last long rest. I have stood in that green churchyard when earth has been laid to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust — the ashes and the dust that were loved so well.

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