The Works of Samuel Richardson: The history of Clarissa Harlowe

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H. Sotheran & Company, 1883
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Pagina 187 - The harmony of their tongues hath into bondage Brought my too diligent ear : for several virtues Have I liked several women ; never any With so full soul, but some defect in her Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed, And put it to the foil : but you, O you, So perfect, and so peerless, are created Of every creature's best.
Pagina xii - How much more lively and affecting, for that reason, must her style be, her mind tortured by the pangs of uncertainty (the events then hidden in the womb of fate), than the dry narrative, unanimated style of a person relating difficulties and dangers surmounted ; the relater perfectly at ease ; and if himself unmoved by his own story, not likely greatly to affect the reader.
Pagina 184 - Love various minds does variously inspire : It stirs in gentle bosoms gentle fire, Like that of incense on the altar laid ; But raging flames tempestuous souls invade : A fire which every windy passion blows, . With pride it mounts, or with revenge it glows.
Pagina 359 - You know my mother now and then argues very notably ; always very warmly at least. I happen often to differ from her ; and we both think so well of our own arguments, that we very seldom are so happy as to convince one another. A pretty common case, I believe, in all vehement debatings. She says, I am too witty ; Anglic^, too pert ; I, that she is too wise ; that is to say, being likewise put into English, not so young as she has been.
Pagina 340 - Beneath her clear discerning eye The visionary shadows fly Of Folly's painted show. She sees through ev'ry fair disguise, That all but Virtue's solid joys Is vanity and woe.
Pagina xii - Much more lively and affecting," says one of the principal characters, " must be the style of those who write in the height of a present distress ; the mind tortured by the pangs of uncertainty (the events then hidden in the womb of fate) ; than the dry, narrative, unanimated style of a person relating difficulties and dangers surmounted, can be ; the relater perfectly at ease ; and if himself unmoved by his own story, not likely greatly to affect the reader.
Pagina 337 - With joy I hear the solemn sound, Which midnight echoes waft around, And sighing gales repeat. Fav'rite of Pallas! I attend, And, faithful to thy summons, bend At Wisdom's awful seat.
Pagina 42 - My father sat half-aside in his elbow-chair, that his head might be turned from me: his hands clasped, and waving, as it were, up and down; his fingers, poor dear gentleman! in motion, as if angry to the very ends of them.
Pagina 219 - Though now his mighty soul its grief contains: He meditates revenge who least complains; And like a lion, slumbering in the way, Or sleep dissembling, while he waits his prey, His fearless foes within his distance draws, Constrains his roaring, and contracts his paws; Till at the last his time for fury found, He shoots with sudden vengeance from the ground; The prostrate vulgar passes o'er and spares, But with a lordly rage his hunters tears.
Pagina xi - As far as is consistent with human frailty, and as far as she could be perfect, considering the people she had to deal with, and those with whom she was inseparably connected, she is perfect.

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