The Literary Life and Correspondence of the Countess of Blessington, Volume 1

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Harper, 1855 - 599 páginas
 

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Página 437 - When all was done ; when you had been "received into the congregation of Christ's flock, and signed with the sign of the cross, in token that hereafter you should not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, but manfully fight under His banner against sin, the world, and the devil, and continue Christ's faithful soldier and servant to your life's end...
Página 78 - Count' (to use Farquhar's phrase in the Beaux Stratagem), who has all the air of a Cuvidon dec/Mine, and is one of the few specimens I have seen of our ideal of a Frenchman before the Revolution — an old friend with a new face, upon whose like I never thought that we should look again.
Página 307 - ... as the papers term it. He ought to have seen the gentlemen after dinner (on the hunting days), and the soiree ensuing thereupon, — and the women looking as if they had hunted, or rather been hunted ; and I could have wished that he had been at a dinner in town, which I recollect at Lord Cowper's — small, but select, and composed of the most amusing people.
Página 55 - Shenstone gave no bad account of this influence in his description of the French woman : " There is a quality in which no woman in the world can compete with her, — it is the power of intellectual irritation. She will draw wit out of a fool. She strikes with such address the chords of self-love, that she gives unexpected vigour and agility to fancy, and electrifies a body that appeared non-electric.
Página 145 - For my own part, I have ever gained the most profit and the most pleasure also, from the books which have made me think the most : and, when the difficulties have once been . overcome, these are the books which have struck the deepest root, not only in my memory and understanding, but likewise in my affections.
Página 184 - Throw yourself rather, my dear sir, from the steep Tarpeian rock, slap-dash headlong upon iron spikes. If you had but five consolatory minutes between the desk and the bed, make much of them, and live a century in them, rather than turn slave to the booksellers. They are Turks and Tartars when they have poor authors at their beck Hitherto you have been at arm's length from them. Come...
Página 309 - approbation,' as you are pleased to term it, was very sincere, but perhaps not very impartial for, though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen — at least, such as they now are. And, besides the seduction of talent and wit in your work, I fear that to me there was the attraction of vengeance. I have seen and felt much of what you have described so well.
Página 329 - Such a dress ! white great coat, blue satin cravat, hair oiled and curling, hat of the primest curve and purest water, gloves scented with eau de Cologne, or eau de jasmin, primrose in tint, skin in tightness.
Página 83 - Blessington a copy of his Armenian Grammar, which had some manuscript remarks of his own on the leaves. In now parting with her, having begged, as a memorial, some trifle which she had worn, the lady gave him one of her rings ; in return for which he took a pin from his breast, containing a small cameo of Napoleon, which he said had long been his companion, and presented it to her Ladyship. The next day Lady Blessmgton received from him the following note —
Página 184 - Tis a pretty appendage to a situation like yours or mine ; but a slavery, worse than all slavery, to be a bookseller's dependant, to drudge your brains for pots of ale and breasts of mutton, to change your free thoughts and voluntary numbers for ungracious task-work.

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