Hermsprong: Or, Man as He is Not. A Novel. In Three Volumes. By the Author of Man as He Is. ...

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Brett Smith, 1796

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Page 231 - I cannot, I fear, submit to be fettered and cramped throughout the whole circle of thought and action. You submit to authority with regard to the first, and to fashion with regard to the last. I cannot get rid of the stubborn notion, that to do what we think is right to do is the...
Page 27 - Now, the devil take me," said Sumelin, " if I know what either you or this Mrs. Wollstonecraft would be at. But this I know, that the influence of women is too great ; that it has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.
Page 162 - ... read the Rights of Man — this I can almost prove; and also that he has lent it to one friend, if not more, which, you know, my lord, is circulation, though to no great extent. I know also where he said, that the French constitution, though not perfect, had good things in it; and that ours was not so good but it might be mended. Now, you know, my lord, the bench of justices will not bear such things now; and if your lordship will exert your influence, I dare say they will make the country too...
Page 47 - May fpeak, unbonnetted, to as proud a fortune As this that I have reach'd : For know, lago, But that I love the gentle Defdemona, I would not my ' unhoufed free condition Put into circumfcription and confine For the fea's worth.
Page 206 - ... it, which I hope you are not, you must wade through such scenes of guilt and horror to obtain it as you would tremble to think of. You must finish the horrid conflict by destroying each other. And why should you desire it? The rich have luxurious tables and disease: if you have poverty, you have health. Add but content, and you have all that is worth having here.
Page 23 - That, to me, should seem the happiest state of society, in which all its members had the power, so to alternate the employments of the mind and body, that the operations of each might be enjoyment. So would the rich man's curse be avoided, that of not knowing what to do with himself; and the poor man's also, that of knowing it but too well.
Page 205 - My friends, perhaps it may be true that your wages are not adequate to the furnishing you with all the superfluities of life which you may desire ; but these are unhappy times, and require of you a greater .degree of frugality and forbearance. My friends, we cannot all be rich ; there is no possible equality of property which can last a day. If you were capable of desiring it, which I hope you are not, you must wade through such scenes of guilt and horror to obtain it as you would tremble to think...
Page 127 - My lord, I humbly conceive I know my duty, and am disposed to fulfil it; but I hope it is no part of my duty to make myself miserable for life.' 'You reason, Miss Campinet; I also reason. It is my duty to give you sustenance, because I have the honour to be your father; but I know of no law which binds me to bestow immense fortune upon a daughter, as a reward for disobedience.' 'It is, sir, and it ought to be, your pleasure which determines as to fortune, whether I shall have little or much. To your...
Page 234 - I have imagined a society of friends within a two-mile ring; and I have imagined a mode of making it happy. In this, it is possible, I may not reach the point I desire; but, with common prudence, we cannot fail of plenty, and, in time, of affluence. Of this hereafter. But you, Miss Fluart, what temptation can I possibly offer you? ' ' Yourself, to be sure,' answered this laughter-loving lady.
Page 231 - I cannot be right on such easy terms. Servile compliance is crime, when it violates rectitude; and imbecility, at least, when it is prostituted to folly. When it has become habitual, what a thing it has made of man!

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