Select British Classics, Volume 2

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J. Conrad, 1804 - English literature

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Page 85 - ... works are valuable, is perfectly sensible of their value. Every polite member of the community, by buying what he writes, contributes to reward him. The ridicule, therefore, of living in a garret might have been wit in the last age, but continues such no longer, because no longer true. A writer of real merit now may easily be rich, if his heart be set only on fortune; and for those who have no merit it is but fit that such should remain in merited obscurity.
Page 203 - I was very happy in this manner for some time, till one evening, coming home from work, two men knocked me down, and then desired me to stand. They belonged to a press-gang...
Page 201 - I was born in Shropshire, my father was a labourer, and died when I was five years old; so I was put upon the parish. As he had been a wandering sort of a man, the parishioners...
Page 205 - Though we had no arms, one Englishman is able to beat five French at any time ; so we went down to the door, where both the Gentries were posted, and rushing upon them, seized their arms in a moment, and knocked them down. From thence, nine of us ran together to the quay, and, seizing the first boat we met, got out of the harbour and put to sea. We had not been here three days before we were taken up by the Dorset privateer, who were glad of so many good hands ; and we consented to run our chance.
Page 45 - The old man's passion for confinement is similar to that we all have for life. We are habituated to the prison, we look round with discontent, are displeased with the abode, and yet the length of our captivity only increases our fondness for the cell. The trees we have planted, the houses we have built, or the posterity we have begotten, all serve to bind us closer to earth, and embitter our parting.
Page 34 - I found every sense overpaid with more than expected pleasure: the lights everywhere glimmering through the scarcely moving trees; the full-bodied concert bursting on the stillness of the night, the natural concert of the birds, in the more retired part of the grove, vying with that which was formed by art; the company...
Page 32 - His wishes in this also were answered, he still dreamed of the same pan of money, in the very same place. Now, therefore, it was past a doubt : so getting up early the third morning, he...
Page 69 - I promised," replied the emperor with a generous air, " to destroy my enemies ; I have fulfilled my word, for see they are enemies no longer ; I have made friends of them.
Page 202 - People may say this and that of being in jail ; but, for my part, I found Newgate as agreeable a place as ever I was in in all my life.
Page 202 - I knew of my breed, seed, and generation ; but, though I gave a very true account, the justice said I could give no account; so I was indicted...

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