The Struggles and Adventures of Christopher Tadpole at Home and Abroad

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Richard Bentley, 1848 - 512 pages
 

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Page 461 - ... calling up old thoughts and old affections ; or soothing, by one lonely unsuspected burst of tears, overcharged hearts which have long required easing of their...
Page 461 - One class alone of them can call up our best feelings. If the almost forgotten memorials of the once dearly loved and long departed can carry our sympathies away from the cold, hard, present, over intervening years of struggling and vexatious toil, to that almost holy period of the gone and past...
Page 2 - ... on the landing, or the house has turned itself out of window ; affording a literal proof of that curious state of domestic affairs so often spoken of. And first he fancies the ' row' — as it is termed — is like the Quadrant, with the road excavated a floor lower, and shops made under the pavement ; and then it reminds him of a Thames-side tavern, with all the shutter...
Page 2 - ... who live there. But very convenient is this arrangement for old ladies of weak minds who quail at meeting cattle, and young ladies of extravagant ones who doat on shopping, in spite of the weather. For it raises the first above suspicion of danger, and shelters the second from being favoured with the visits of the clouds, who cannot here drop in upon them.
Page 97 - I, you know ; anybody, as the saying is ; all his friends — ' and taste my beer and liquor ; if your pockets be well stored you'll find it come the quicker.' Very good — now go on from ' quicker.' " " ' But for want of that,' read Christopher, ' has с — a — u.' " " ' Has caused both grief and sorrow, continued Hickory. ' Therefore you must pay to-day, I will trust to-morrow.
Page 460 - Many are never looked at again and yet we could not destroy them without a struggle ; others only bring forward evidences of words broken, hopes chilled, and friendships gradually dissolved ; of old attachments turned away, and stubborn contradiction of all the trusting In futurity, whose promise we once...
Page 96 - It was a little, quiet, grey village — so very grey, indeed, and venerable, and quaint, that no flaunting red brick had dared to shew itself and break the uniform tint of its gabled antiquity.
Page 96 - The houses were grey and the wall fences were grey and so was the Church Tower. So also was the pedestal of the sun-dial in the churchyard which mutely spoke its lessons on corroding time to all who cared to heed it. And the old Grange with its mullioned windows and its ivy-covered gateway was the greyest of all ; there was scarcely any surmising as to when it had been a green, damp, level young house. None could have given the information but the Church Tower ; and when that spoke it was but of...
Page 102 - ... creaked, and yet held on, true and fast, against the anger of the storms : whose trusty bows had boldly met the lashing, maddened billows, flinging back their angry foam to the vast and boiling cauldrons of the deep, as their fettered timbers struck the hissing waters, bearing all the love, and hope, and world of hundreds within their span. Ships — still ships, and ships — 0:1 fcr miles!
Page 102 - ... which, having at times a tendency, even in a waking state, to double the vessels in the sight of the beholder, might in a dream, without doubt, increase them fifty-fold. Ships — ships — everywhere : crowding their lofty, quivering masts, and slender spars, and tense cordage in apparently inextricable complication. Ships, that had battled with the waters of dark and far distant seas in their wildest might: and...

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