Select Works of Tobias Smollett ...: With a Memoir of the Life and Writings of the Author, Volume 2

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Page 205 - Grace was in all her steps. Heaven in her eye, In every gesture dignity and love.
Page 280 - What man dare, I dare: Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear, The arm'd rhinoceros, or the Hyrcan tiger; Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves Shall never tremble...
Page 346 - He was accordingly summoned, and made his appearance, which was equally queer and pathetic. He seemed to be about twenty years of age, of a middling size, with bandy legs, stooping shoulders, high forehead, sandy locks, p'inking eyes, flat nose, and long chin ; but his complexion was of a sickly yellow : his looks denoted famine : and the rags that he wore could hardly conceal what decency requires to be covered.
Page 332 - The ball was opened by a Scotch lord, with a mulatto heiress, from St. Christopher's; and the gay Colonel Tinsel danced all the evening with the daughter of an eminent tinman from the borough of Southwark.
Page 465 - Cybele, while the benediction posset was drank ; and a cake being broken over the head of Mrs Tabitha Lismahago, the fragments were distributed among the by-standers, according to the custom of the ancient Britons, on the supposition that every person who ate of this hallowed cake should that night have a vision of the man or woman whom Heaven designed should be his or her wedded mate.
Page 421 - On Leven's banks, while free to rove, And tune the rural pipe to love, I envied not the happiest swain That ever trod the Arcadian plain. Pure stream ! in whose transparent wave My youthful limbs I wont to lave...
Page 421 - May numerous herds and flocks be seen : And lasses chanting o'er the pail, And shepherds piping in the dale ; And ancient faith that knows no guile, And industry embrown'd with toil ; And hearts resolved and hands prepared The blessings they enjoy to guard 1 [S
Page 17 - I fired a pistol, loaded with small shot, into his window ; though my landlady and the whole family bore witness that I was a-bed fast asleep at the time when this outrage was committed. I was once flogged for having narrowly escaped drowning, by the sinking of a ferry-boat in which I was passenger ; another time for having recovered of a bruise occasioned by a horse and cart running over me; a third time for being bit by a baker's dog.
Page 11 - The reader gratifies his curiosity, in pursuing the adventures of a person in whose favour he is prepossessed; he espouses his cause, he sympathizes with him in distress, his indignation is heated against the authors of his calamity; the humane passions are inflamed...
Page 12 - The disgraces of Gil Bias are, for the most part, such as rather excite mirth than compassion ; he himself laughs at them ; and his transitions from distress to happiness, or at least ease, are so sudden, that neither the reader has time to pity him, nor himself to be acquainted with affliction. This conduct, in my opinion, not only deviates from probability, but prevents that generous indignation which ought to animate the reader, againslt the sordid and vicious disposition of the world.

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