The Fortnightly Review Volume 95

The Fortnightly Review Volume 95

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...Mr. Balfour remarked on a celebrated occasion, I am a child in such matters. You know Lady Seraphita Bracebridge?" "Aha," I remarked, "now we are like the notorious gallery critic in old Astley's--or was it the Vic.? 'Let us cut the cackle and come to the 'osses.'" "You are both flippant and vulgar," retorted my friend. "And you never do me the justice of supposing that I can arrive at a generalisation without having in my mind some specific instance." "I know your weaknesses." I said significantly. "Yes, that is apparently the only office of friendship. Why not know some of my strong qualities, for a change? Or are they so obvious that they do not require enumeration?" "There might be another reason," I murmured. "Oh, yes," replied he. "If you headed a chapter 'Maurice Westerton's good qualities," it might remind you of the chapter on 'Snakes in Ireland, ' or of a book of which I saw the cover the other day, 'The House of Lords during the Commonwealth.' There are no snakes and no House of Lords under the conditions supposed: and so, also, there are no good qualities in Maurice Westerton! Now that is psychologically false. Even lago was a most capable 'ancient ' I" "And Richard III. has recently been proved to have been a most capable sovereign without a hump back!" "We are trifling," remarked Maurice sternly. "I ask you whether you are acquainted with Lady Seraphita Bracebridge?" "I know of her, at all events," I said. "She is an old lady." "Old!" cried Maurice, "I should think she was! She is past seventy. It is at least twenty years since the unworthy Baronet, who was more

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  • English
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