The British Novelists; With an Essay, and Prefaces, Biographical and Critical Volume 40

The British Novelists; With an Essay, and Prefaces, Biographical and Critical Volume 40

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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: ... however, on the part of Mr. Monckton, though unreserved on that of Cecilia, of their satisfaction in being again able to converse as in former times, he asked if she would permit him, as the privilege of their long acquaintance, to speak to her with sincerity. She assured him he could not more oblige her. Let me then, said he, inquire if yet that ardent confidence in your own steadiness, which so much disdained my fears that the change of your residence might produce a change in your sentiments, is still as unshaken as when we parted in Suffolk? or whether experience, that foe to unpractised refinement, has already taught you the fallibility of theory? When I assure you, replied Cecilia, that your inquiry gives me no pain, 'I think I have sufficiently' answered it;for were I conscious of any alteration, it could not but embarrass and distress me. Very far, however, from finding myself in the danger with which you threatened me, of forgetting Bury, its inhabitants, and its environs, I think with pleasure of little else, since London, instead of bewitching, has greatly disappointed me. How so? cried Mr. Monckton, much delighted. Not, answered she, in itself, not in its magnificence, nor in its diversions, which seem to be inexhaustible; but these, though copious as instruments of pleasure, are very shallow as sources of happiness: the disappointment, therefore, comes nearer home, and springs not from London, but from my own situation. Is that then disagreeable to you? You shall yourself judge, when I have told you, that, from the time of my quitting your house till this very moment, when I have again the happiness of talking with you, I have never once had any conversation, society, or intercourse, in which friendship or more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236856384
  • 9781236856388