Select British Classics, Volume 19

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J. Conrad, 1803 - English literature
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Page 214 - Talibus orabat dictis, arasque tenebat, Cum sic orsa loqui vates : ' Sate sanguine divom, 125 Tros Anchisiada, facilis descensus Averno ; Noctes atque dies patet atri janua Ditis ; Sed revocare gradum superasque evadere ad auras, Hoc opus, hie labor est.
Page 16 - The ignominy which falls on a disappointed candidate for public praise would by those very knights have been deemed worse than death; and who is more truly a candidate for public praise than an author? But as the Knights were without fear of death, the Adventurer is without fear of disgrace or disappointment: he confides, like them, in the temper of his weapon and the justice of his cause ; he knows he has not far to go before he will meet with some fortress that has been raised by sophistry for...
Page x - ... at the reflection : but let not this be read as something that relates only to another; for a few years only can divide the eye that is now reading from the hand that has written.
Page 147 - I now lifted up my eyes, and beheld the chariots coming forward. We were received by Alibeg with sentiments which could not be uttered, and by the people with the loudest acclamations. Syndarac proclaimed our return in thunder that was heard through all the nations of my empire, and has prolonged my reign in prosperity and peace. For the world I have written, and by the world let what I write be remembered : for to none who hear of the ring of Amurath, shall its influence be wanting. Of this, is...
Page 113 - can this love of variety be directed to the acquisition of knowledge?" Here John wriggled in his seat, and again scratched his head : he was indeed something embarrassed by the question : but the old gentleman quickly put him out of his pain by answering it himself. " Why, by a judicious choice of the variety that is to produce our entertainment. If the various doublings of a hare only, or the changes of a game at whist, have afforded the variety of the day ; whatever has been the pleasure, improvement...
Page 80 - ... with the hope of pity the wretch who despairs of comfort. Of this number is he who now addresses you : yet the solace of complaint and the hope of pity are not the only motives that have induced me to communicate the series of events by which I have been led on in an insensible deviation from felicity, and at last plunged in irremediable calamity : I wish that others may escape perdition; and am, therefore, solicitous to warn them of the path that leads to the precipice from which I have fallen....
Page 66 - Among the many signs, which are appropriated to some particular business, and yet have not the least connection with it, I cannot, as yet, find any relation between Blue Balls and Pawnbrokers; nor could I conceive the intent of that long pole jutting out at the entrance of a barber's shop, till a friend of mine, a learned etymologist and glossariographer assured me, that the use of this pole took its rise from the corruption of an old English word.
Page 75 - ... has, like all others, been enjoyed by anticipation. By the young and gay, those who are entering the world, either as a scene of business or pleasure, I am frequently desired with such impatience, that although every moment brings on wrinkles and decrepitude with irresistible rapidity, they would be willing that the time of my absence should be annihilated, and the approach of wrinkles and decrepitude rendered yet more precipitate. There cannot surely be stronger evidence than this of my influence...
Page 50 - ... new calamity suddenly overtook her; she saw her husband march to an engagement in the morning, and saw him brought back desperately wounded at night. The next day he was removed in a waggon with many others who were in the same condition, to a place of a greater safety, at the distance of about three leagues, where proper care might be taken of their wounds.
Page 50 - ... of about three leagues, where proper care might be taken of their wounds. She intreated the captain to let her go in the waggon with him ; but to this he could not...

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