Eloisa: Or a Series of Original Letters, Volumes 3-4

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Vernor and Hood, 1803
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Page 167 - I am not fond of acting a part, but only of observing others. Society is agreeable to me for the fake of contemplation, and not as a member of it. If I could alter the nature of my being, and become a living eye, I would willingly make the exchange. Therefore, my indifference about mankind does not make me independent of them ; without...
Page 299 - Thofe who are de (lined to live a life of fimplicity in the country, have no need to difplay their talents in order to be happy: their unexerted faculties are like the gold mines of the Valais, which the public good will not permit to be opened. But in a more polifhed fociety, where the head is of more...
Page 51 - I drank its intoxicating draughts, and all my faculties were loft in the rapture, the ecftafy, the delirium of love. On the rocks of Meillerie, in the midft of froft and fnow, with the frightful precipices before my eyes, was there a being in the creation fo happy as I ? and yet I then wept ! I then thought myfelf unfortunate ! forrow even...
Page 196 - Father, whofe goodnefs only affecls me, and furpafles all his other attributes. His power aftonifhes me; his immenfity confounds my ideas; his juftice but he has made man -Weak; and though he be juft, he is merciful. An avenging God is the God of the wicked. I can neither fear him on my own account, nor pray for his vengeance to be exerted againft any other. It is the God of peace, the God of goodnefs whom I adore. I know...
Page 94 - ... them : they differ in their amufements as much as in their duties. In a word, each contributes to the common good by different ways, and the proper diftribution of their feveral cares and employments is the ftrongeft tie that cements their union.
Page 150 - ... florists, who swoon at the sight of a ranunculus, and prostrate themselves before a tulip. Whereupon I related to them what had formerly happened to me in London, in that flower-garden into which we were ushered with so much formality, and where we saw displayed so pompously all the treasures of Holland on four beds of dung. I did not forget the ceremony of the parasol, and of the little wand, with which they honoured me, all unworthy as I was, as well as the other spectators. I humbly confessed...
Page 149 - In the midst of extended grass-plats and fine walks the little individual does not grow greater; a tree of twenty feet high will shelter him as well as one of sixty; he never occupies a space of more than three feet; and in the midst of his immense possessions, is lost like a poor worm.
Page 132 - ... my imagination as powerfully as my fenfes ; but at the fame time I thought myfelf in the moft wild and folitary place in nature, and I appeared as if I had been the firil mortal who had ever penetrated into this dcfart fpot.
Page 130 - ... extremely prolix, formal, fententious, and argumentative. Inftead of writing like Frenchmen, -as they fpeak, they, on the contrary, fpeak as they write. They declaim inftead of talking; and one thinks they are always going to fupport a thefts.
Page 233 - This fhe did ei-ther to divert our affliction, or to banifh from her own view a fpectacle fo moving, and at the fame time unneceflary. " Death (faid fhe) is of itfelf fufficiently painful ! why muft it be rendered hideous? The care which others throw away in endeavouring to prolong their lives, 1 will employ to enjoy mine to the laft moment. Shall I make an hofpital of my apartment, a fcene of difguft and trouble, when my laft care will be to aflemble in it all thofe who are moft dear to me? If I...

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