Life of Tobias George Smollett

W. Scott, 1887 - 163 Seiten

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Seite 59 - OF all kinds of satire, there is none so entertaining and universally improving as that which is introduced, as it were, occasionally, in the course of an interesting story, which brings every incident home to life...
Seite 49 - Invest me in my motley ; give me leave To speak my mind, and I will through and through Cleanse the foul body of the infected world, If they will patiently receive my medicine.
Seite 116 - ... —It seems, this wag, after having made some abortive attempts in plain speaking, had recourse to this defect by means of which he frequently extorted the laugh of the company, without the least expense of genius : and that imperfection, which he had at first counterfeited, was now become so habitual, that he could not lay it aside. A certain winking genius, who wore yellow gloves at dinner, had, on his first introduction, taken such offence at S .because he looked and talked, and ate and drank...
Seite 151 - We see in needle-works and embroideries, it is more pleasing to have a lively work upon a sad and solemn ground, than to have a dark and melancholy work upon a lightsome ground : judge therefore of the pleasure of the heart by the pleasure of the eye. Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed : for Prosperity doth best discover vice, but Adversity doth best discover virtue.
Seite 35 - This picture cannot fail to be shocking to the humane reader, especially when he is informed that while these miserable objects cried in vain for assistance, and actually perished for want of proper attendance, every ship of war in the fleet could have spared a couple of surgeons -for their relief, and many young gentlemen of that profession solicited their captains in vain for leave to go and administer help to the sick and wounded.
Seite 135 - I protest before God I have, as far as in me lay, adhered to truth, without espousing any faction, though I own I sat down to write with a warm side to those principles in which I was educated ; but in the course of my inquiries, some of the Whig ministers turned out such a set of sordid knaves, that I could not help stigmatizing them for their want of integrity and sentiment.
Seite 112 - Know, then, I can despise your pride, while I honour your integrity ; and applaud your taste, while I am shocked at your ostentation. — I have known you trifling, superficial, and obstinate in dispute ; meanly jealous and awkwardly reserved; rash and haughty in your resentments: and coarse and lowly in your connections.
Seite 60 - The disgraces of Gil Bias are, for the most part, such as rather excite mirth than compassion: he himself laughs at them; and his transitions from distress to happiness, or at least ease, are so sudden, that neither the reader has time to pity him, nor himself to be acquainted with affliction. This conduct, in my opinion, not only deviates from probability, but prevents that generous indignation which ought to animate the reader against the sordid and vicious disposition of the world.
Seite 117 - ... s conduct on this occasion, that reconciled him to the yellow-gloved philosopher, who owned he had some genius ; and from that period cultivated his acquaintance. "Curious to know upon what subjects the several talents of my fellowguests were employed, I applied to my communicative friend Dick Ivy, who gave me to understand that most of them were, or had been, understrappers, or journeymen, to more creditable authors, for whom they translated, collated, and compiled, in the business of bookmaking...
Seite 59 - The same method has been practised by other Spanish and French authors, and by none more successfully than by Monsieur Le Sage, who in his Adventures of Gil Bias, has described the knavery and foibles of life, with infinite humour and sagacity.

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