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Page 182 - In a prison the awe of the public eye is lost, and the power of the law is spent; there are few fears, there are no blushes. The lewd inflame the lewd, the audacious harden the audacious.
Page 182 - The misery of gaols is not half their evil : they are filled with every corruption which poverty and wickedness can generate between them ; with all the shameless and profligate enormities that can be produced by the impudence of ignominy, the rage of want, and the malignity of despair. In a prison the awe of the...
Page 12 - ... at the same time an example of courage, temperance and fidelity. To conceive the importance of this species in the order of nature, let us suppose that it never existed. Without the assistance of the dog, how could man have conquered, tamed and reduced the other animals into slavery ? How could he still discover, hunt down and destroy noxious and savage beasts? For his own safety, and to render him master of the animated world, it was necessary to form a party among the animals themselves —...
Page 13 - ... to oppose them to the other species. Hence the training of the dog seems to have been the first art invented by man ; and the result of this art was the conquest and peaceable possession of the earth.
Page 15 - When bull-baiting was more in fashion than it is, an amateur of this "sublime and beautiful" amusement proposed a wager, " that he would, at four distinct intervals, deprive the animal of one of his feet by amputation, and that, after every individual deprivation, he should attack the bull with his previous ferocity, and continue to do so on his stumps.
Page 178 - Speechless, and fix'd in all the death of woe! So, faint resemblance ! on the marble tomb, The well-dissembled mourner stooping stands, For ever silent, and for ever sad. As from the face of heaven the shatter'd clouds Tumultuous rove, th' interminable sky Sublimer swells, and o'er the world expands A purer azure.
Page 24 - ... of aspect — a modest cadence of body, and a conciliating co-operation of the whole mon, — which expresses an officious promptitude for his service — and indicates, that they...