Character and Comedy

Methuen, 1915 - 239 páginas
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Página 69 - You are a philosopher, Dr. Johnson. I have tried too in my time to be a philosopher; but, I don't know how, cheerfulness was always breaking in.
Página 68 - ... or a man who has a family, must have stated meals. I am a straggler. I may leave this town and go to Grand Cairo, without being missed here or observed there.
Página 66 - Sir, the life of a parson, of a conscientious clergyman, is not easy. I have always considered a clergyman as the father of a larger family than he is able to maintain. I would rather have Chancery suits upon my hands than the cure of souls. No, Sir, I do not envy a clergyman's life as an easy life, nor do I envy the clergyman who makes it an easy life.
Página 31 - In truth, my young friends, it behoves a youth entering the world to make a character for himself. Respect will only be accorded to character. A young man must show his proofs. I am not a quarrelsome person...
Página 30 - O'Connell and Mr. D'Esterre. Its fatal reBagenal, as he was called throughout his extensive territories; and within their bounds no monarch was ever more absolute ! Of high Norman lineage — of manners elegant, fascinating, polished by extensive intercourse with the great world — of princely income, and of boundless hospitality, Mr. Bagenal possessed all the qualities and attributes calculated to procure for him popularity with every class. A terrestrial paradise was Dunleckny for all lovers of...
Página 32 - Bagenal accepted it with ready alacrity; only stipulating, that as he was old and feeble, being then in his seventy-ninth year, he should fight sitting in his arm-chair; and that, as his infirmities prevented early rising, the ' meeting' should take place in the afternoon.
Página 218 - RECTOR, — I think we have got over the difficulty which we were talking of — Mr. Lulham's red hair and the discord it would make with the crimson decorations. Maggie and Popsy and I have been working like slaves, and have put up a beautiful and effectual screen of evergreen which completely obliterates the keyboard and organist. I think you will be delighted. Mr. Starling approves m•ost cordially. — Yours sincerely, MARY CLIBBORN. m Miss Pitt to the Rev. Lawrence Lidbetter MY DEAR MR. LIDBETTER,...
Página 30 - ... society. His stud was magnificent, and he had a large number of capital hunters at the service of visitors who were not provided with steeds of their own. He derived great delight from encouraging the young men who frequented his house, to hunt, and drink, and solve points of honour at twelve paces. His politics were popular ; he was the mover of the grant of £50,000 to Grattan in 1782 ; he was at that time member for the county of Carlow.
Página 16 - Can it really be true?' he would ask, and burst forth again to flame. Abstemious himself in all things, save reading and writing and helping his friends and correspondents, he mixed excellent whisky punch, as he called it. He brought to this office all the concentration which he lacked in his literary...
Página 220 - MY DEAR MR. LIDBETTER, — I am sorry to have to trouble you in your enforced rest, but the interests of the church must not be neglected, and you ought to know that Miss Pitt not only insists that the decoration of Colonel Soper's window was entrusted to her, but prevents me carrying it out. If you recollect, it was during tea at Mrs. Millstone's that it was arranged that 1 should be responsible for this window.

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