The Busy Body: A Comedy in Five Acts

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1808 - 82 pages
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Page 21 - Barn. To ease our present anguish, by plunging into guilt, is to buy a moment's pleasure with an age of pain. Mill. I should have thought the joys of love as lasting as they are great; if ours prove otherwise, 'tis your inconstancy must make them so. Barn. The law of heaven will not be reversed, and that requires us to govern our passions.
Page 30 - Humanity obliges me to wish you well; why will you thus expose yourself to needless troubles ? Lucy. Nay, there's no help for it: she must quit the town immediately, and the kingdom as soon as possible. It was no small matter, you may be sure, that could make her resolve to leave you. Mill. No...
Page 39 - Ay, there's the cause of all my sin and sorrow: 'tis more than love; 'tis the fever of the soul and madness of desire. In vain does nature, reason, conscience, all oppose it; the impetuous passion bears down all before it, and drives me on to lust, to theft, and murder.
Page 54 - ... the maiden over-reached me, and I had no sinister end at all. Per. Ay, ay, one thing or other over-reached you all — but I'll take care he shall never finger a penny of her money, I warrant you.
Page 12 - On these terms to defend us, is to make our protection a benefit worthy her who confers it, and well worth our acceptance.
Page 17 - I begged his pardon for the freedom I had taken, and told him that he was the person I had long wished to see, and to whom I had an affair of importance to communicate, at a proper time and place. He named a tavern...
Page 33 - Is virtue inconsistent with itself, or are vice and virtue only empty names? Or do they depend on accidents, beyond our power to produce or to prevent— -wherein we have no part, and yet must be determined by the event? But why should I attempt to reason? All is confusion, horror, and remorse.
Page 18 - If you mean the love of women, I have not thought of it at all. My youth and circumstances make such thoughts improper in me yet. But if you...
Page 14 - Thou wantest a gilt coach, with six lazy fellows behind, to flaunt it in the ring of vanity, among the princes and rulers of the land, who pamper themselves with the fatness thereof; but I will take care that none shall squander away thy father's estate ; thou shall marry none such, Anne.
Page 23 - Unless you knew the pain the whole family has felt on your account, you can't conceive how much you are beloved. But why thus cold and silent ? When my heart is full of joy for your return, why do you turn away ? why thus avoid me ? What have...

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