The Art of Amusing, a Collection of Graceful Arts, Games &C

The Art of Amusing, a Collection of Graceful Arts, Games &C

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...he happened to be engaged himself that evening. "They are," said he, "the most charming people in the world--all ladies, excepting a little pickle of a boy, a child after your own heart, by the way; not one of your impulsive, high-spirited children, who does all sorts of vicious things for twelve hours, and is sorry for them for five minutes; not one of your easy penitents, who is never ashamed of owning himself in the wrong, and at the same time never too proud to do wrong; but a stubborn, sensitive, ingenuous, affectionate, fun-loving little fellow. Do you know I like people who, when they are cross, get sulky? I have found they make the: best of friends, the best servants, and the best members of society generally. "I wonder who started the admiration of impul-. sive people? 'Oh!' you hear a young lady say, who never really gave the subject five minutes' thought in her life, and is quite unconscious that she is repeating a hackneyed sentiment which has been knocking about the world for the last fifty years. 'Oh!' you hear her say, 'I like quick-tempered people, who get into a passion and are overit in a minute.' "Then you hear some one else: 'Oh, yes, he does wrong, but he is full of fine impulses!' For my part, I think these impulsive folks are the greatest humbugs in the world. In the first place, there is scarcely any villainy which cannot be perpetrated in a moment, if you have only the neces sary impulse; but then, to look into the origin of this impulsiveness, it arises altogether from a lack of self-control, a violent, self-indulgent spirit. Then, as to ready repentance and confession, that, to my mind, is the worst sign man, woman, or child can show; it simply shows they do not fully appreciate the more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236597672
  • 9781236597670