The Life and Writings of Henry Fielding, Esq

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Rowfant club, 1907 - Authors, English - 162 pages
 

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Page 54 - em," replied the hard, "if the scene is not a good one let them find that out.
Page 70 - They did not understand that freedom, and ran up, where they found him banqueting with a blind man," a whore, and three Irishmen, on some cold mutton and a bone of ham, both in one dish, and the dirtiest cloth.
Page 56 - H. Fielding has given a true picture of himself and his first wife, in the characters of Mr. and Mrs. Booth, some compliments to his own figure excepted; and, I am persuaded, several of the incidents he mentions are real matters of fact.
Page 70 - t'other night carried a servant of the latter's, who had attempted to shoot him, before Fielding ; who, to all his other vocations, has, by the grace of Mr. Lyttelton, added that of Middlesex justice. He sent them word he was at supper, that they must come next morning. They did not understand that freedom, and ran up, where they found him banqueting with a blind man...
Page 65 - I advise Mr Spondy to give him the refusal of this same pastoral ; and who knows but he may have the good fortune of being listed in the number of his beef-eaters, in which case he may, in process of time, be provided for in the Customs or Church...
Page 75 - His happy constitution (even when he had, with great pains, half demolished it) made him forget everything when he was before a venison pasty, or over a flask of champagne ; and I am persuaded he has known more happy moments than any prince upon earth.
Page 40 - For their master's honour these people could not descend so low as to be careful in their apparel, but in a month or two were unfit to be seen ; the squire's dignity required that they should be...
Page 68 - Every successful novelist must be more or less a poet, even although he may never have written a line of verse. The quality of imagination is absolutely indispensable to him : his accurate power of examining and embodying human character and human passion, as well as the external face of nature, is not less essential...
Page 79 - I say hath not been universally practised), and by refusing to take a shilling from a man who most undoubtedly would not have had another left, I had reduced an income of about 500 a year of the dirtiest money upon earth to little more than 300, a considerable portion of which remained with my clerk...
Page 80 - Fielding has really a fund of true humour, and was to be pitied at his first entrance into the world, having no choice, as he said himself, but to be a hackney writer or a hackney coachman. His genius deserved a better fate ; but I cannot help blaming that continued indiscretion, to give it the softest name, that has run through his life, and I am afraid still remains...

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