Distinguished men of modern times [selected from The gallery of portraits, with memoirs by A.T. Malkin].

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Страница 60 - He is a great lover and praiser of himself, a contemner and scorner of others, given rather to lose a friend than a jest, jealous of every word and action of those about him, (especially after drink, which is one of the elements in which he liveth...
Страница 128 - I am persuaded his power and interest at that time were greater to do good or hurt than any man's in the kingdom, or than any man of his rank hath had in any time; for his reputation of honesty was universal, and his affections seemed so publicly guided, that no corrupt or private ends could bias them....
Страница 191 - ' are most of them old decayed serving men and tapsters, " ' and such kind of fellows ; and,' said I, ' their troops " ' are gentlemen's sons, younger sons, and persons of " ' quality ; do you think that the spirits of such base and " ' mean fellows will ever be able to encounter gentlemen. " ' that have honour and courage, and resolution in them...
Страница 126 - His carriage throughout this agitation was with that rare temper and modesty, that they who watched him narrowly to find some advantage against his person, to make him less resolute in his cause, were compelled to give him a just testimony.
Страница 56 - That the argument of his comedy might have been of some other nature, as of a duke to be in love with a countess, and that countess to be in love with the duke's son, and the son to love the lady's waiting-maid : some such cross wooing, with a clown to their servingman, better than to be thus near, and familiarly allied to the time.
Страница 289 - Let not our veneration for Milton forbid us to look with some degree of merriment on great promises and small performance, on the man who hastens home, because his countrymen are contending for their liberty, and, when he reaches the scene of action, vapours away his patriotism in a private boarding-school.
Страница 55 - The Winter's Tale is sneered at by B. Jonson, in the induction to Bartholomew Fair, 1614: " If there be never a servant-monster in the fair, who can help it, nor a nest of Antiques ? He is loth to make nature afraid in his plays, like those that beget TALES, Tempests, and such like drolleries.
Страница 451 - second, having endeavoured to subvert the constitution of " the kingdom, by breaking the original contract between " king and people — and, by the advice of Jesuits and other " wicked persons, having violated the fundamental laws, " and having withdrawn himself out of this kingdom — has " abdicated the government, and that the throne is thereby
Страница 34 - MP late a member of the said house, serving as one of the knights of...
Страница 64 - Till then, our authors had no thoughts of writing on the model of the ancients : their Tragedies were only Histories in dialogue ; and their Comedies followed the thread of any novel as they found it, no less implicitly than if it had been true history.

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