Coningsby, Or, the New Generation Volume 7

Coningsby, Or, the New Generation Volume 7

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...expression stole over the countenance of Sidonia as he remembered what that Inquisition had operated on his own race and his own destiny. 'There are families in this country, ' he continued, 'of both the great historical parties, that in the persecution of their houses, the murder and proscription of some of their most illustrious members, found judges as unjust and relentless in an open jury of their countrymen as we did in the conclaves of Madrid and Seville.' i y 'Where, then, would you look for hope?' 'In what is more powerful than laws and institutions, and without which the best laws and the most skilful institutions may be a dead letter, or the very means of tyranny in the national character. It is not in tho J increased feebleness of its institutions that I see the peril of England; it is in the decline of its character as a comX mumty., $, i t, z-'And yet you could scarcely describe this as an age ot oorruption P 'Not of political corruption. But it is an age of social disorganisation, far moro dangoroua in its consequences, because far more extensive. You may have a corrupt government and a pure community; you may have a corrupt community and a pure administration. Which would you elect?' 'Neither, ' said Coningsby; 'I wish to see a people full or faith, and.a.guy.ernmeut full ofdutyZ 'Rely upon it, ' said SI3orua7' that England should think Fmore of the community and less of the government.' 'But tell me, what do you understand by the term national character?' 'A character is an assemblage of qualities; the character of England should be an assemblage of great qualities.' 'But we cannot deny that the English have great virtues.' 'The civilisation of a thousand years must produce great virtues; but we...show more

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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236570855
  • 9781236570857