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Page 213 - ... martins; this opinion might possibly arise from the confidence these birds seem to put in us by building under our roofs, so that it is a kind of violation of the laws of hospitality, to murder them. As for robin redbreasts in particular, it is not improbable they owe their security to the old ballad of the Children in the Wood.
Page 198 - ... were awed, and acknowledged the undertaking to be too hazardous. So the ravens built on, nest upon nest, in perfect security, till the fatal day arrived in which the wood was to be levelled. It was in the month of February) when those birds usually sit. The saw was applied to the butt, the wedges were inserted into...
Page 198 - ... in which the wood was to be levelled. It was in the month of February, when those birds usually sit. The saw was applied to the butt, the wedges were inserted into the opening, the woods echoed to the heavy blows of the beetle or mallet, the tree nodded to its fall ; but still the dam sat on. At last, when it gave way, the bird was flung from her nest; and, though her parental affection deserved a better fate, was whipped down by the twigs, which brought her dead to the ground.
Page 326 - The persons inside the coach were Mr. Miller, a clergyman, his son, a lawyer, Mr. Angelo, a foreigner, his lady, and a little child." By this mode of pointing, it would appear that there were eight individuals in the coach; namely, —a clergyman, a lawyer, a foreigner and his lady, a little child, Mr. Miller, Mr. Angelo, and the clergyman's son. " The persons inside the coach were Mr. Miller, a clergyman; his son, a lawyer; Mr. Angelo, a for. eigner; his lady; and a little child.
Page 150 - The myriads of ephemerae,' says he, ' which filled the air, over the current of the river, and over the bank on which I stood, are neither to be expressed nor conceived. When the snow falls with the largest flakes, and with the least interval between them, the air is not so full of them, as that which surrounded us was of ephemerae.
Page 315 - But these directions are no sooner applied to use, than their scantiness and imperfection become evident. Letters are written to the great and to the mean, to the learned and the ignorant, at rest and in distress, in sport and in passion. Nothing can be more improper than ease and laxity of expression, when the importance of the subject impresses solicitude, or the dignity of the person exacts reverence.
Page 178 - He made a small landau, which opened and shut by springs, with six horses harnessed to it ; a coachman sitting on the box, and a dog between his legs ; four persons in the carriage, two footmen behind it, and a postillion riding on one of the horses : all of which a Flea drew with ease.
Page 150 - To hold the flambeau on. this occasion was no pleasant office. The person who filled it had his clothes covered in a few moments with these flies, which came from all parts to overwhelm him. Before ten o'clock this interesting spectacle had vanished. It was renewed for some nights afterwards, but the flies were never in such prodigious numbers. The fishermen allow only three successive days for the great fall of the manna; but a few flies appear both before and after, their number increasing in one...
Page 168 - Antiopa, in particular, will not be seen by any one for eight, ten, or more years, and then appear as plentiful as before. To suppose they come from the continent is an idle conjecture ; because the English specimens are easily distinguished from all others, by the superior whiteness of their borders. Perhaps their eggs, in this climate, like the seeds of some vegetables, may, occasionally, lie dormant for several seasons, and not hatch until some extraordinary, but undiscovered, coincidence awake...