Provincial Sketches

Provincial Sketches

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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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...designate as the astronomer. This is a middle aged bachelor, who was crossed in love when he was but eighteen years of age, and ever since that time, which is now about thirty years ago, he has given himself up, heart and soul, to the study of astronomy. For the earth on which he lives he scarcely cares a straw; he regards it merely as a place whereon to fix his telescope, and wherefrom to gaze upon the moon and planets, and to speculate upon the stars and comets. White's Ephemeris is his constant companion, and he regards the art of printing as of no other use than merely to multiply almanacs withal. If he were to speak of the science of numbers, he would call it the means of calculating eclipses. In his study of astronomy he is so accustomed to millions of miles, that he can never speak of miles but by millions; and one day when he was asked how far it was to Sloppesley, he said that he believed it to be about eighteen millions of miles. He cares much more about the satellites of Jupiter than about the development of the reform bill; and the faintest nebulous appearance in the heavens, interests him much more than the repeal of the malt tax. All those abuses in church and state, which are subjects of grief and heart-breaking to nine-tenths of his majesty's liege subjects, affect him not with half as much sorrow as a passing cloud during an eclipse. You could as soon pull away a pig from his half emptied trough, as you could drag him away from his telescope when sun or moon is in eclipse. His passion for comets is intense--he almost worships them; when he speaks of one that has been, or that is to come, he flies out into such a rhapsody about the dear, the beautiful, the interesting, the delightful creature, that you would fancy it to be an more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123650660X
  • 9781236506603