Edward: Various Views of Human Nature, Taken from Life and Manners, Chiefly in England, Volume 1

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A. Strahan, and T. Cadell, jun. and W. Davies, 1796 - 596 pages
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Page 281 - Their only labour was to kill the time; And labour dire it is, and weary woe. They sit, they loll, turn o'er some idle rhyme; Then rising sudden, to the glass they go, Or saunter forth, with tottering step and...
Page 27 - My drift has never been to tease you, but always to make you happy, my dear. I own I am affected with the friendless condition of this poor orphan, and struck with his resemblance to the child who was torn from us at the same age ; — as for the poor young creature's maintenance, it will be a mere trifle to us, but of infinite importance to him ; it may save him from vice, and the worst kind of ruin. The reflection of having done so charitable an office to a lovely boy, like your own departed son,...
Page 3 - Hark you, young woman,1 said the coachman, ' you may say of the old woman and the boy what you please, they do not belong to me ; — but as for the coach, it is my coach, and I would have you to know, bears as good a reputation as any on the road, perhaps a better than your own ; so I would not advise you for to go for to slurify the character of those who are saying nothing against yours : — But as for you, my dear, you must come out,' continued he, taking the boy by the arm, « since this here...
Page 267 - And ponderous slugs cut swiftly through the sky; As clocks to weight their nimble motion owe, The wheels above urged by the load below: Me Emptiness and Dulness could inspire, And were my elasticity and fire.
Page 16 - ... stopped, because she perceived that her husband had fallen asleep. The following day they had visitors, and Mrs. Barnet found no proper .opportunity of mentioning to her husband the boy in whom she felt so strong an interest. The day after, she wa,s again prevented by th,e following accident.— A large company were invited to dine on turtle at an inn in the village. This dinner was given by a gentleman, whose interest in the county Mr.
Page 157 - See yonder poor, o'erlabour'd wight, So abject, mean and vile, Who begs a brother of the earth To give him leave to toil ; And see his lordly fellow-worm The poor petition spurn, Unmindful though a weeping wife And helpless offspring mourn.
Page 142 - Allow me to help you to a wing of a chicken, my dear,' resumed Mrs. Barnet ; ' you used to like chicken, with a slice of tongue.' ' Is the tongue smoked ?' said Barnet. ' No, my dear,
Page 16 - This dinner was given by a gentleman, whose interest in the county Mr. Barnet opposed ; of course he was not invited to the feast ; but the innkeeper, who had private reasons for cultivating the good will of Mr. Barnet, and knew by what means that •was to be most effectually obtained, gave him to know that a copious bason of the turtle should be sent to him— Mr.
Page 21 - You cannot choose but like it,"' said she, taking a large bite of the cake herself. ' Here, here,' resumed she, as soon as she could articulate ; ' I assure you it is very nice, so there is a piece for you.' * I cannot eat it now,' replied he, rejecting the cake, and looking mournfully at Mrs. Barnet. ' I will come and see you again, my dear,' said Mrs. Barnet, tapping his cheek ; ' but I am obliged to go at present : pray be a good boy.
Page 28 - Barneys manner, and the recollection of a son whom he had loved as much as he could love any thing, had already touched the heart of the husband ; and this last intimation of immediate prosperity and future reward, sounding in his ears something like accumulated interest and a large premium, came nearest his feelings, and overcame him entirely.

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