The works of Tobias Smollett, selected and ed., with historical notes, by D. Herbert

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Page 337 - He hath a tear for pity, and a hand Open as day for melting charity...
Page 41 - Bias, has described the knavery and foibles of life, with infinite humour and sagacity. — The following sheets I have modelled on his plan, taking the liberty, however, to differ from him in the execution, where I thought his particular situations were uncommon, extravagant, or peculiar to the country in which the scene is laid.
Page 195 - ... expunged every adventure, phrase, and insinuation, that could be construed by the most delicate reader into a trespass upon the rules of decorum. " He owns with contrition, that, in one or two instances, he gave way too much to the suggestions of personal resentment, and represented characters, as they appeared to him at the time, through the exaggerated medium of prejudice.
Page 31 - Let me not, therefore, be condemned for having chosen my principal character from the purlieus of treachery and fraud, when I declare my purpose is to set him up as a beacon for the benefit of the unexperienced and unwary, who, from the perusal of these memoirs, may learn to avoid the manifold snares with which they are continually surrounded in the paths of life...
Page 173 - Wilt thou, Monimia, shed a gracious tear On the cold grave where all my sorrows rest ; Strew vernal flowers, applaud my love sincere, And bid the turf lie easy on my breast?
Page 24 - The exhibitions of the stage were improved to the most exquisite entertainment by the talents and management of Garrick, who greatly surpassed all his predecessors of this and perhaps every other nation, in his genius for acting ; in the sweetness and variety of his tones, the irresistible magic of his eye, the fire and vivacity of his action, the elegance of attitude, and the whole pathos of expression.
Page 106 - I may venture to affirm, that by this time the demon of discord, with her sooty wings, had breathed her influence upon our counsels ; and it might be said of these great men (I hope they will pardon the comparison), as of Caesar and Pompey, the one could not brook a superior, and the other was impatient of an equal : so that, between the pride of one, and insolence of another, the enterprise miscarried, according to the proverb, — ' between two stools the backside falls to the ground.
Page 7 - He wrote an account of them, but 'twas nothing but the account of his miserable feelings. I met Smelfungus in the grand portico of the pantheon he was just coming out of it 'Tis nothing but a huge cockpit,* said he I wish you had said nothing worse of the Venus of Medicis...
Page 93 - Here I saw about fifty miserable distempered wretches, suspended in rows, so huddled one upon another, that not more than fourteen inches space was allotted for each, with his bed and bedding; and deprived of the light of the day, as well as of fresh air ; breathing nothing but a noisome atmosphere of the morbid steams exhaling from their own excrements and diseased bodies, devoured with vermin hatched in the filth that surrounded them, and destitute of every convenience necessary for people in that...
Page 109 - But the most remarkable parts of his furniture were, a mask on his face, and white gloves on his hands, which did not seem to be put on with an intention to be pulled off occasionally, but were fixed with a curious ring on the little finger of each hand.

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