The Mirror; A Periodical Paper, Pub. at Edinburgh in the Years 1779 and 1780 Volume 1, . 1 - 36, . 1

The Mirror; A Periodical Paper, Pub. at Edinburgh in the Years 1779 and 1780 Volume 1, . 1 - 36, . 1

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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. 1786 edition. Excerpt: ...the.;'.-, L.,3 court court could add little to that consideration in which it was already held. This circumstance had a powersul effect on the manners. What was looked upon as a virtue at Paris, was in London considered as a vice. There industry and frugality were fo essentially requisite, that every elegant accomplishment was rejected as in compatible with those great commercial virtues. The dark and gloomy spirit of fanaticism, which prevailed fo univerfally in England during the last century, served as an additional barrier against the progress of politeness and elegance of manners. Add to this, that the English (owing perhaps to the superior degree of liberty they enjoy, and to their high independent spirit) have ever been more attached to a country lise than any civilized people in Europe; and this last circumstance, slight as it may appear, has perhaps had as powersul an influence as any I have mentioned. A man, who lives in retirement, may be sincere, open, honourable, above dissimulation, and free from disguise; bit he never can possess that ease of behaviour, and that elegance of manners, which nothing but a familiar acquaintance with the world, and the habit of mingling in fociety, and of conversing with perfons of different ranks and different characters, can bestow. Let us not, however, repine at the superiority of our neighbours in this respect. It is, perhaps, ..... impolSble impossible to possess, at once, the usesul and the agreeable qualities in an eminent degree; and if ease and politeness be only attainable at. the expence of sincerity in the men, and chastity in the women, I flatter myself, there are sew of my readers who would not think the purchase made at too high a price. I have, of late, remarked, with regret, an...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
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  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123656989X
  • 9781236569899