The Flowers of Wit, Or, a Choice Collection of Bon Mots, Both Antient and Modern, with Biographical and Critical Remarks Volume 2

The Flowers of Wit, Or, a Choice Collection of Bon Mots, Both Antient and Modern, with Biographical and Critical Remarks Volume 2

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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. 1814 edition. Excerpt: ...a cabin, has finished his noon-tide meal, which consists only of milk and horse-flesh, he orders proclamation to be made by his herald, "That all the emperors and kings of the world have his permission to go to dinner." THE SPANISH CHARACTER. 691. The Spaniards are marked by a certain gravity of demeanour, or constitutional phlegm, which assumes the appearance of pride. It hi not merely among persons of rank and fortune that this hauteur shows itself; but a Spanish tradesman, and even a mendicant, preserves a lofty demeanour, which raises him above his condition. A beggar in Madrid solicited alms of a person, who, instead of relieving, reproached him for preferring his idle way of life to active and useful occupation. "I asked you for your money, and not your advice" said the beggar; and turned his back upon his monitor, with the scornful air of a genuine Castilian. CLEOPATRA. 692. A Lady to whom a painter had promised to give the best picture in his collection, hit upon this stratagem to find out which he thought so. She sent a messenger to the painter, when he was from home, to tell him that his house was on fire. "Take care then of my Cleopatra," exclaimed the artist. It is superfluous to say what picture the lady sent for. FORTITUDE. 693. A Man related to his friend the whole train of his misfortunes, and asked him what he would have done under such a pressure. "I should have put an end to my life, like a hero," said the friend. "I acted still more like a hero," said the other, " for I had the courage to live on." MOTHER WIT. 694. A Hunchback of Toulouse met a man, who had but one eye, very early in the morning. "Good morrow, friend," said the one-eyed man; "you have...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236528212
  • 9781236528216