The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Including a Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides; In Five Volumes Volume 2

The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Including a Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides; In Five Volumes 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. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ... exactly where it began and where it ended. Dr. Johnson said " It is much now that his lordship can distinguish so." In Dr. Johnson's Vanity of Human Wishes there is the following passage: " The teeming mother, anxious for her race, Begs, for each birth, the fortune of a face: Yet Vane could tell what ills from beauty spring; And Sedley cursed the charms which pleased a king." Lord Hailes told him he was mistaken in the instances he had given of unfortunate fair ones; for neither Vane nor Sedley had a title to that description. His lordship has since been so obliging as to send me a note of this, for the communication of which I am sure my readers will thank me. " The lines in the tenth Satire of Juvenal, according to my alteration, should have run thus: ' Yet Shore' could tell; And Valierea cursed.' " The first was a penitent by compulsion, the second by sentiment; though the truth is, Mademoiselle de la Valiere threw herself (but still from sentiment) in the king's way. " Our friend chose Vane3, who was far from being well-looked; and Sedley4, who was so ugly that Charles II. said his brother had her by way of penances." 1 Mistress of Edward IV--Boswell. 3 Mistress of Louis XIV--Boswell. 3 See ante, vol. i. p. 170--Ed. 4 "Catherine Sedley, created Countess of Dorchester for life. Her father, Sir Charles, resenting the seduction of his daughter, joined in the Whig mea sures of the Revolution, and excused his revolt from James under an ironical profession of gratitude. " His majesty," said he, " having done me the un. looked-for honour of making my daughter a countess, I cannot do 'less in return than endeavour to make his daughter a queen."--Ed. Lord Hailes was hypercritical. Vane was handsome, or, what is more to our purpose, appeared so to her...show more

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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 358g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123666745X
  • 9781236667458