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Page 45 - Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the volumes of Addison...
Page 79 - I had exhausted all the art of pleasing which a retired and uncourtly scholar can possess. I had done all that I could; and no man is well pleased to have his all neglected, be it ever so little.
Page 2 - And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
Page 17 - Try me, good king, but let me have a lawful trial, and let not my sworn enemies sit as my accusers and judges ; yea, let me receive an open trial, for my truth shall fear no open shame...
Page 4 - JAMES, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
Page 67 - Why, look you, Mr Goldsmith, that is neither here nor there, I have paid you all you ever lent me, and this sickness of mine has left me bare of cash. But I have bethought myself of a conveyance for you; sell your horse, and I will furnish you a much better one to ride on.
Page 223 - Hauteville ; une chose enfin qui se fera Dimanche, où ceux qui la verront croiront avoir la berlue ; une chose qui se fera Dimanche, et qui ne sera peut-être pas faite Lundi. Je ne puis me résoudre à vous la dire, devinez-la : je vous la donne en trois. Jetez-vous votre langue aux chiens ? Hé bien ! il faut donc vous la dire : M.
Page 224 - Vous n'y êtes pas. Il faut donc à la fin vous le dire: il épouse, dimanche au Louvre, avec la permission du roi, mademoiselle, mademoiselle de ... mademoiselle : devinez le nom ; il épouse Mademoiselle, ma foi ! par ma foi!
Page 67 - I was in doubt when I got it into my hand whether I should not, in the first place, apply it to his pate ; but a rap at the street-door made the wretch fly to it, and when I returned to the parlour, he introduced me, as if nothing of the kind had happened, to the gentleman who entered, as Mr. Goldsmith, his most ingenious and worthy friend, of whom he had so often heard him speak with rapture. I could scarcely compose myself ; and must have betrayed indignation in my mien to the stranger, who was...
Page 50 - I don't know whether you will presently find out, that this seeming impertinent account is the tenderest expressions of my love to you ; but it furnishes my imagination with agreeable pictures of our future life ; and I flatter myself with the hopes of one day enjoying with you the same satisfactions ; and that, after as many years together, I may see you retain the same fondness for me as I shall certainly do for you, when the noise of a nursery may have more charms for us, than the music of an...

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