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SELECTIONS FROM
THE BEST ENGLISH PROSE WRITERS,
WITH IDIOMATIC RENDERINGS OF DIFFICULT PASSAGES, NOTES,

AND PRACTICAL HINTS TO TRANSLATORS.

BY

FERDINAND E. A. GASC, M.A.

FRENCH MASTER AT BRIGHTON COLLEGE.

LONDON:
BELL AND DALDY, FLEET STREET.

1858.

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LONDON R. CLAY, PRINTER, BREAD STREET HILL. TABLE OF CONTENTS.

Page

Firmness of Alexander Severus . '(Gibbon's Roman Empire) 53

School-day Anecdotes ... (Sir W. Scott, Autobiography) 54

Robinson Crusoe in his Island ........ (Defoe) 59

Gulliver's Way of Living in the Country of Lilliput. (Swift) 62

A Travelling Incident . (Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit)

The Literary Snobs . (W. M. Thackeray, The Book of Snobs) 70

Scene from “The School for Scandal" .... (Sheridan) 72

Lord Byron to Thomas Moore..... (Byron's Letters)

Meeting of Waverley and Mac Ivor. . . (Scott, Waverley)

A Few Words of Advice to Young People. (Wm. Cobbett) 85

Pope to Wycherley ......... (Pope's Letters) 89

The Death of Bayard .. (Robertson, History of Charles V.) 91

On Anger ..... (Dodsley, Economy of Human Life)

The Cataract of Niagara ....... . (Goldsmith) 95

Brutus on the Death of Cæsar. (Shakspeare, Julius Cæsar) 97

Scene between the Jews Shylock and Tubal. . (Shakspeare) 98

A Sketch of the Normans (T. B. Macaulay, History of England) 100

Influence of the French Language and Literature in the Age

of Louis XIV. : .(T. B. Macaulay, History of England) 104

John Bull . . . . . . (Washington Irving, Sketch-Book) 106

A Practical Useful Hint ..... (Fielding, Tom Jones) 109

A Pretty Quarrel between Master Tom Jones and his Play-

mate. ..

(Fielding, Tom Jones) 112

Sophia's Little Bird . . . . . . . (Fielding, Tom Jones) 115

Scene from “ The Rivals" ......... (Sheridan) 119

Louis XI. . . . . (Sir Walter Scott, Quentin Durward 123

Sketch of Cæsar's Career and Character. . (George Long) 127

The Dead Ass...... (Sterne, Sentimental Journey) 129

The Starling ....... (Sterne, Sentimental Journey) 131

Fox . (Lord Brougham, Statesmen of the Time of George III.) 135

Montaigne . (Hallam, Introduction to the Literature of Europe) 138

The Vicar of Wakefield and his Family . . (O. Goldsmith) 141

The Spell of Wealth ... (W. M. Thackeray, Vanity Fair) 146

Real Happiness . . . . (W. M. Thackeray, Vanity Fair) 149

Rural Life in England · (Washington Irving, Sketch-Book) 152

Moonlight Scenery .. (Sir Walter Scott, Guy Mannering) 155

Lady Montagu to Mrs. Thistlethwayte (Lady Montagu's Letters) 157

The Burning of Moscow. . . (Scott's History of Napoleon ) 164

Scene from “ The Critic” . . . . . . . . . (Sheridan) 169

Swift to Lord Treasurer Oxford . . . . . . . (A Letter) 175

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