The British Novelists; With an Essay, and Prefaces, Biographical and Critical Volume 25

The British Novelists; With an Essay, and Prefaces, Biographical and Critical Volume 25

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1820 edition. Excerpt: ...persons in the world have appeared. Cyrus the Great, we are informed, opened a ball with the divine Mandane at Sardis. The renowned king of Scythia danced with the princess Cleopatra at Alexandria; the brave Cleomedon with the fair Candace at Ethiopia. But these diversions were taken but seldom, and considered indeed as an amusement, not as a part of the business of life. How would so many glorious battles have been fought, cities taken, ladies rescued, and other great and noble adventures been achieved, if the men, sunk in sloth and effeminacy, had continually fol-1 lowed the sound of a fiddle, sauntered in public.' walks, or tattled over a tea-table? I vow, cousin, said Miss Glanville, you are infinitely more severe in your censures than Mr. Tinsel was at the assembly. You had little reason, methinks, to be angry with him. All I have said, replied Arabella, was the natural inference from your own account of the manner in which people live here. When actions are a censure upon themselves, the reciter will always be considered as a satirist. CHAPTER X. In which our heroine justifies her own nations by some very illustrious examples. MR. Selvin and Mr. Tinsel, who had listened att-eutively to this discourse of Arabella, took leave as soon as it'was ended, and went away with very different opinions of her;--. Mr. Tinsel declaring she was a fool, and had no knowledge of the world; and Mr. Selvin convinced she was a wit, and very learned in antiquity. Certainly, said Mr. Selvin, in support of his opinion, the lady has great judgment; has been capable of prodigious application, as is apparent by her extensive reading: then her memory is quite miraculous. I protest I am quite charmed with her. I never met with such a woman in all my life....show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236901479
  • 9781236901477