The Works of Samuel Richardson; With a Sketch of His Life and Writings Volume 16

The Works of Samuel Richardson; With a Sketch of His Life and Writings Volume 16

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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. 1811 edition. Excerpt: ...Lady Gertrude spoke of a certain father, who, for interested views, obliged his daughter to marry at fifteen, when she was not only indifferent to the man, but had formed no right notions of the state. And are they not unhappy'! asked Sir Charles. They are, replied she. I knew such an instance, returned he. The lady was handsome, and had her full share of vanity. She believed every man who said civil things to her, was in love with her; and had she been single, that he would have made his addresses to her. She supposed that she might have had this great man, or that, had she not been precipitated: And this brought her to slight the man who had, as she concluded, deprived her of better offers. They were unhappy to the end of their lives. Had the lady lived single long enough to find out the difference between compliment and sincerity, and that the man who flattered her vanity meant no more than to take advantage of her folly, she would have thought herself not unhappy with the very man with whom she was so dissatisfied. ww Lady L----speaking afterwards of a certain nobleman, who is continually railing against matrimony, and who makes a very inditferent husband to an obliging wife: I have known more men than one, said Sir Charles, inveigh against matrimony, when the invective would have proceeded with a much better grace from their wives' lips than from theirs. But let us inquire, would this complainer have been, or deserved to be, happier in any state, than he now is '1 A state of suffering, said Lady L----, had probably humbled the spirit of the poor wife into perfect meekness and patience. You observe rightly, replied Sir Charles: And surely a most kind disposition of Providence it is, that adversity, so painful more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • United States
  • English
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  • 9781236932280