Life of Tobias George Smollett

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Walter Scott, 1887 - 163페이지
 

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61 페이지 - OF all kinds of satire, there is none so entertaining and universally improving as that which is introduced, as it were, occasionally, in the course of an interesting story, which brings every incident home to life...
51 페이지 - Invest me in my motley ; give me leave To speak my mind, and I will through and through Cleanse the foul body of the infected world, If they will patiently receive my medicine.
61 페이지 - Bias, has described the knavery and foibles of life, with infinite humour and sagacity. — The following sheets I have modelled on his plan, taking the liberty, however, to differ from him in the execution, \vhere I thought his particular situations were uncommon, extravagant, or peculiar to the country in which the scene is laid.
118 페이지 - ... —It seems, this wag, after having made some abortive attempts in plain speaking, had recourse to this defect by means of which he frequently extorted the laugh of the company, without the least expense of genius : and that imperfection, which he had at first counterfeited, was now become so habitual, that he could not lay it aside. A certain winking genius, who wore yellow gloves at dinner, had, on his first introduction, taken such offence at S .because he looked and talked, and ate and drank...
153 페이지 - We see in needle-works and embroideries, it is more pleasing to have a lively work upon a sad and solemn ground, than to have a dark and melancholy work upon a lightsome ground : judge therefore of the pleasure of the heart by the pleasure of the eye. Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed : for Prosperity doth best discover vice, but Adversity doth best discover virtue.
61 페이지 - The disgraces of Gil Bias are, for the most part, such as rather excite mirth than compassion: he himself laughs at them; and his transitions from distress to happiness, or at least ease, are so sudden, that neither the reader has time to pity him, nor himself to be acquainted with affliction. This conduct, in my opinion, not only deviates from probability, but prevents that generous indignation which ought to animate the reader against the sordid and vicious disposition of the world.
137 페이지 - I protest before God I have, as far as in me lay, adhered to truth, without espousing any faction, though I own I sat down to write with a warm side to those principles in which I was educated ; but in the course of my inquiries, some of the Whig ministers turned out such a set of sordid knaves, that I could not help stigmatizing them for their want of integrity and sentiment.
119 페이지 - ... s conduct on this occasion, that reconciled him to the yellow-gloved philosopher, who owned he had some genius ; and from that period cultivated his acquaintance. "Curious to know upon what subjects the several talents of my fellowguests were employed, I applied to my communicative friend Dick Ivy, who gave me to understand that most of them were, or had been, understrappers, or journeymen, to more creditable authors, for whom they translated, collated, and compiled, in the business of bookmaking...
116 페이지 - He carried me to dine with S , whom you and I have long known by his writings. He lives in the skirts of the town ; and every Sunday his house is open to all unfortunate brothers of the quill, whom he treats with beef, pudding, and potatoes, port, punch, and Calvert's entire butt beer.
48 페이지 - And unimpaired remembrance reigns, Resentment of my country's fate Within my filial breast shall beat; And spite of her insulting foe, My sympathising verse shall flow. Mourn, hapless Caledonia! mourn Thy banished peace, thy laurels torn!

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