Walks and Wanderings in the World of Literature, Volume 1

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Saunders & Otley, 1839

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Page 162 - Far from me and from my friends be such frigid philosophy, as may conduct us indifferent and unmoved over any ground which has been dignified by wisdom, bravery, or virtue. That man is little to be envied, whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow warmer among the ruins of lona.
Page 5 - The Queen of Hearts She made some tarts, All on a summer's day; The Knave of Hearts He stole those tarts, And took them clean away. The King of Hearts Called for the tarts, And beat the Knave full sore; The Knave of Hearts Brought back the tarts, And vowed he'd steal no more.
Page 52 - I was, were carrying on together in a low, suppressed tone of voice. 1 caught one sentence quite distinctlys and that one was of fearfully ominous import to me : it was nothing else than the alarming question which the one put to the other, " Whether shall we cut his throat or strangle him ? " I could not, in all the circumstances of the case, doubt for a moment that I was the intended victim ; and a feeling of the deepest horror came over me as the dreadful words fell on my ear. What was to be done?...
Page 6 - I," said the Sparrow, "With my bow and arrow, I killed Cock Robin." Who saw him die? "I," said the Fly, "With my little eye, I saw him die.
Page 121 - And from Shakespeare she gained a great store of information amongst the rest, that -'Trifles light as air, Are, to the jealous, confirmation strong, As proofs of Holy Writ.
Page 288 - A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping, and great mourning; Rachel weeping for her children, and refusing to be comforted, because they were no 19 more.
Page 253 - Not always in the parlour, but sometimes in the kitchen. " More skilled in the theoretic, than in the practical part of cookery. " To tea and coffee no objection. " Fonder of country-dances than minuets. " An acquaintance with domestic news, but no acquaintance with foreign. " Not entirely fond of quadrille, nor an absolute bigot to whist. " In conversation, a little of the lisp, but not of the stammer. " Decently, but not affectedly silent.
Page 252 - THE MENTAL AND PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS OF A WIFE. Great good nature and a prudent Generosity. A lively Look, a proper Spirit and a cheerful Disposition. A good person, but not perfectly beautiful. Of a moderate height. With regard to complexion, not quite fair, but a little brown. Young by all means. Old by no means. A decent share of Common Sense, just tinctured with a little seasonable Repartee, and a small modicum of Wit ; but no learning — no learning, I say again and again...
Page 151 - Perhaps the following curious specimen of popular etymology may be interesting to the readers of ' N. & Q.':— " The origin of the name Loch Leven is somewhat curious. It arose from the circumstance of the number eleven frequently occurring in matters connected with the lake It is eleven miles in circumference; the lands of eleven lairds at one time embraced its waters ; there are eleven rivers and streams running into it ; it contains eleven kinds of fish; and in the adjoining plantations are eleven...
Page 250 - He must be able to play tolerably well on the fiddle, and have more than a tolerable share of patience ; in short, he must be willing to play as long as I think proper to dance ; but no particular intimacy with Italian scrapers or singers, especially women.

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