New Lecons English Literature

New Lecons English Literature

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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. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...the French Revolution when it was hailed as the dawn of liberty by millions: by the time it was brought into almost universal ill-odour by some means or other (partly no doubt by himself) he had turned, with one or two or three others, staunch Bonapartist. He is always of the militant, not of the triumphant party: so far he hears a gallant Show of magnanimity; but his gallantry is hardly of the right stamp. It wants principle: for though he is not servile or mercenary, he is the victim of self-will. He must pull down and pull in pieces: it is not in his disposition to do otherwise. ltisa pity; for with his great talents he might do great things, if he woul go right forward to any useful object, make thorough-slit 1 work of any question, or join hand and heart with any principle. He changes his opinions as he does his friends. and much on the same account. He has no comfort in fixed principles: as soon as any thing is settled in his own End, lie quarrels with it. He has no satisfaction but in the chase after truth, runs a question down, worries and kills it, then quits it like vermin, and startssome new game, to lead him a new dance, and give him afresh breathing through bog and brake, with the rabble yelping at his heels and the leaders perpetually at fault. This he calls sport-royal. He thinks it as good as cudgel-playing, or singlestick, or any thing else that has life in it. He likes the cut and thrust, the falls, bruises, and dry blows of an argument: as to any good or useful results that may come of the amicable settling of it, any one is welcome to them for him. The amusement is over, when the matter is once fairly decided. Wlu.IAM Hazrrrr. (Spirit of the Age.) Homere florissait en 980 avant J.-C. Sept villes se sont dispute...
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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236774094
  • 9781236774095