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Seite 39 - Miss Burney,' said Mrs. Thrale, laughing, ' you must take great care of your heart if Dr. Johnson attacks it ; for I assure you he is not often successless.
Seite 97 - Why, madam, I won't answer that I shan't contradict her again, if she provokes me as she did then ; but a less provocation I will withstand. I believe I am not high in her good graces already ; and I begin (added he, laughing heartily,) to tremble for my admission into her new house. I doubt I shall never see the inside of it.
Seite 42 - ... some time. In short I was loaded with civilities from them all. And my ride home was equally happy with the rest of the day, for my kind and most beloved father was so happy in my happiness, and congratulated me so sweetly that he could, like myself, think on...
Seite 81 - I don't flatter him," said I, "because nothing I could say would flatter him." Mrs. Thrale then told a story of Hannah Moore, which I think exceeds, in its severity, all the severe things I have yet heard of Dr. Johnson's saying. When she was introduced to him, not long ago, she began singing his praise in the warmest manner, and talking of the pleasure and the instruction she had received from his writings, with the highest encomiums. For some time he heard her with that quietness which a long use...
Seite 94 - Small joints, I believe, they manage with a string, and larger are done at the tavern. I have some thoughts (with a profound gravity) of buying a jack, because I think a jack is some credit to a house.
Seite 244 - Adieu, my dear Daddy: I won't be mortified, and I won't be downed; but I will be proud to find I have, out of my own family, as well as in it, a friend who loves me well enough to speak plain truth to me.
Seite 111 - Why, madam, you often provoke me to say severe things, by unreasonable commendation. If you would not call for my praise, I would not give you my censure ; but it constantly moves my indignation to be applied to, to speak well of a thing which I think contemptible.
Seite 171 - And let me tell you what I know will give you as much pleasure as it gave me, — that, by all I could observe in the course of the evening, and we stayed very late, they are extremely happy in each other: he evidently adores her, and she as evidently idolises him.
Seite 170 - Lord Harcourt, speaking of the lady from whose house he was just come, said, " Mrs. Vesey is vastly agreeable, but her fear of ceremony is really troublesome ; for her eagerness to break a circle is such, that she insists upon everybody's •sitting with their backs one to another; that is, the chairs are drawn into little parties of three together, in a confused manner, all over the room.
Seite 61 - Dr. Johnson was again all himself; and so civil to me! — even admiring how I dressed myself! Indeed, it is well I have so much of his favour ; for it seems he always speaks his mind concerning the dress of ladies, and all ladies who are here obey his injunctions implicitly, and alter whatever he disapproves. This is a part of his character that much surprises me : but notwithstanding he is sometimes so absent, and always so near-sighted, he scrutinizes into every part of almost everybody's appearance.