Striking likenesses; or, The votaries of fashion

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Page 231 - A little rule, a little sway, A sunbeam in a winter's day, Is all the proud and mighty have Between the cradle and the grave.
Page 192 - I'll believe thee. Rom. If my heart's dear love Jul. Well, do not swear: although I joy in thee, I have no joy of this contract to-night : It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden ; Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be, Ere one can say — It lightens.
Page 228 - Returning he proclaims by many a grace, By shrugs and strange contortions of his face, How much a dunce that has been sent to roam Excels a dunce that has been kept at home.
Page 53 - O, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown! The courtier's, soldier's, scholar's, eye, tongue, sword; The expectancy and rose of the fair state, The glass of fashion and the mould of form, The observ'd of all observers, quite, quite down!
Page 190 - In early youth the heart of every one is a poet ; it creates a scene of imagined happinefs and delusive hopes ; it clothes the world in the bright colours of its own fancy ; it refines what is coarse, it exalts what is mean ; it sees nothing but disinterestednefs in friendfhip, it promises eternal fidelity in love.
Page 200 - Canst thou not minister to a mind diseas'd; Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow; Raze out the written troubles of the brain: And, with some sweet oblivious antidote, Cleanse the stufTd bosom of that perilous stuff, Which weighs upon the heart ? Doct.
Page 41 - To look a gift horse in the mouth; And very wisely would lay forth No more upon it than 'twas worth: But as he got it freely, so He spent it frank and freely too: For...
Page 254 - Now air is hush'd, save where the weak-ey'd bat With short shrill Shriek flits by on leathern Wing, Or where the Beetle winds His small but sullen Horn, As oft he rises mid the twilight Path, Against the pilgrim borne in heedless Hum...
Page 190 - ... delusive hopes ; it clothes the world in the bright colours of its own fancy ; it refines what is coarse, it exalts what is mean ; it sees nothing but disinterestedness in friendship, it promises eternal fidelity in love. Even on the distresses of its situation it can throw a certain romantic shade of melancholy, that leaves a man sad, but does not make him unhappy. But at a more advanced age, " the fairy visions fade," and he suffers most deeply, who has indulged them the most.
Page 225 - ... few hints, respecting the antiquity of the manor-house at Woodlands, and the reports that several of the rooms were haunted."12 In many nineteenth-century novels, satire is expressed by the characters themselves. A duchess, in Louisa Stanhope's Striking Likenesses (1808) exclaims sardonically: '"Did the bat shriek from the clustering ivy?

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