Essays and Sketches of Character

Taylor and Hessey, 1825 - 274 pàgines

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Pàgina 183 - He found an answer to his wit in her ancles ; her foot was a repartee for a month; and after heavy weeks of unmitigated dulness and empty trifling, he still looked upon her lips as eloquence. She drove him at length, however, from all his positions and defences, and he is now certified that his wife is a fool. • Now an ill-conditioned countenance, accompanied, as it always is of course, with shining abilities, and all the arts of pleasing, has this signal compensation; that it improves under observation,...
Pàgina 222 - ... and benevolence in his countenance : every feature was roughened and disfigured by long suffering and exposure ; but amongst all his marks of hard usage, there was not one of ill-humour or discontent. Of his person you might fairly declare that it was still entire : he had all his limbs about him, though in truth, his usufruct in them was singularly limited. Rheumatism, he used to say, had clapped him in irons all over; his joints were all double-locked, and would as little bend as his shin bones....
Pàgina 4 - Tis a maxim with me to be young as long as one can : there is nothing can pay one for that invaluable ignorance which is the companion of youth; those sanguine groundless hopes, and that lively vanity, which make all the happiness of life. To my extreme mortification I grow wiser every day.
Pàgina 171 - If an ugly woman of wit and worth cannot be loved till she is known, — a beautiful fool will cease to please when she is found out. A greater variety — a more certain and rapid succession of miscellaneous homage — this truly is chargeable to beauty ; but surely the ultra-sentimental should not make this barren honour a subject for their envy and disquiet.
Pàgina 170 - A woman of sense and feeling, without exterior attractions, regards a beauty as an unrighteous tyrant ; one who, oil the strength of her mere clay, usurps all hearts ; arrogates to herself the empire of love, — a passion which she can neither understand nor requite, to the exclusion of those who, whatever may be their features, alone have souls fit for its home and its worship. This is not true : — beauty has no such excesses to answer for. The conduct of men, since the Deluge, has proved, that...
Pàgina 115 - ... cry, to pull together, or keep together, and it is a certain proof to themselves and their followers that they are in the right way. On the instant that they are at fault, or lose the scent, they are silent The weather, in its impression on the scent, is the great father of ' faults ;' but they may arise from other accidents, even when the day is in every respect favorable.
Pàgina 117 - One more extract from Mr. Ayton : — " Suppose then, after the usual rounds, that you see the hare at last (a sorry mark for so many foes) sorely Iwleaguered — looking dark and draggled — and limping heavily along ; then stopping to listen — again tottering on a little — and again stopping; and at every step, and every pause, hearing the death-cry grow nearer and louder.
Pàgina 258 - Immoderate labour and a noxious atmosphere had marked their countenances with the signs of disease and decay. They were mostly half naked, blackened all over with dirt, and altogether so miserably disfigured and abused, that they looked like a race fallen from the common rank of men, and doomed, as in a kind of purgatory, to wear away their lives in these dismal shades.

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