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Page 236 - God's holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.
Page 338 - Caroline Bauer's name became in a mysterious and almost tragic manner connected with those of two men highly esteemed and well remembered in England — Prince Leopold of Coburg, and his nephew, Prince Albert's trusty friend and adviser, Baron Stockmar.
Page 42 - ... to the roots of things, and, the basis of life being material and not spiritual, the analyst inevitably finds himself, sooner or later, handling what this sentimental age calls coarse.
Page 338 - Had the most daring of our sensational novelists put forth the present plain unvarnished statement of facts as a work of fiction, it would have been denounced as so violating all probabilities as to be a positive insult to the common sense of the reader. Yet strange, startling, incomprehensible as is the narrative which the author has here i evolved, every word of it is true.
Page 336 - This fact, to a French story-teller, appears, of course, a damnable restriction, and M. Zola would probably decline to take au sdrieux any work produced under such unnatural conditions. Half of life is a sealed book to young unmarried ladies, and how can a novel be worth anything that deals only with half of life?
Page 333 - It would be difficult to praise too highly the strength, truth, delicacy, and pathos of the incident of Gwynnie Lloyd, and the admirable treatment of the great sacrifice she makes.
Page 1 - A Mummer's Wife, in virtue of its vividness of presentation and real literary skill, may be regarded as a representative example of the work of a literary school that has of late years attracted to itself a good deal of notoriety."— Spectator. '"A Mummer's Wife ' holds at present a unique position among English novels. It is a conspicuous success of its kind.
Page 99 - He was delirious ; and when at last he fell asleep, it was only to dream strange dreams, in which marriage, divorce, and duels, were mixed up in the most preposterous confusion.
Page 341 - Can prose that's polished by the file, Like great Boisgobey's mysteries, Wet days and weary ways beguile, And man to living reconcile, Like these whose every trick we know ? The agony how high they pile, Miss Braddon and Gaboriau ! ENVOY. Ah, friend, how many and many a while They've made the slow time fleetly flow, And solaced pain and charmed exile, Miss Braddon and Gaboriau.