Vivian Grey, Volumen1

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Página 155 - But am I entitled — I, who can lose nothing — am I entitled to play with other men's fortunes? Am I, all this time, deceiving myself with some wretched sophistry ? Am I then an intellectual Don Juan, reckless of human minds as he was of human bodies — a spiritual libertine...
Página 140 - We talked with open heart, and tongue Affectionate and true, A pair of friends, though I was young, And Matthew seventy-two. We lay beneath a spreading oak, Beside a mossy seat ; And from the turf a fountain broke, And gurgled at our feet. 'Now, Matthew...
Página 29 - The Bar — pooh! law and bad jokes till we are forty; and then, with the most brilliant success, the prospect of gout and a coronet.
Página 30 - At this moment, how many a powerful noble wants only wit to be a Minister ; and what wants Vivian Grey to attain the same end ? That noble's influence. When two persons can so materially assist each other, why are they not brought together...
Página 166 - I. 11 worship no omnipotent and ineffable essence — you believe in no omnipotent and ineffable essence; shrined in the secret chamber of your soul, there is an image, before which you bow down in adoration, and that image is — YOURSELF. And truly when I do gaze upon your radiant eyes...
Página 206 - which he so eminently had. His teeth are getting bad, and when I saw him he said that if ever he came to England it would be to consult Wayte about them.
Página 35 - He was servile, and pompous, and indefatigable, and loquacious — so whispered the world : — his friends hailed him as, at once, a courtier and a sage, a man of business and an orator. After revelling in his fair proportion of commissionerships, and under-secretaryships, and the rest of the milk and honey of the political Canaan, the apex of the pyramid of his ambition was at length visible, for Sidney Lorraine became President of a Board, and wriggled into the adytum of the cabinet.
Página 204 - There is nothing like a fall of stocks to affect what it is the fashion to style the Literature of the present day • — • a fungus production, which had flourished from the artificial state of our society — the mere creature of our imaginary wealth. Everybody being very rich, has afforded to be very literary, books being considered a luxury, almost as elegant and necessary as ottomans, bonbons, and pier-glasses. Consols at 100 were the origin of all book societies. The Stock-brokers' ladies...
Página 58 - ... which gracefully clustered round the windows of the lower chambers. The mansion itself was immediately surrounded by numerous ancient forest trees. There was the elm, with its rich branches, bending down like clustering grapes ; there was the wide-spreading oak, with its roots fantastically gnarled ; there was the ash, with its smooth bark and elegant leaf; and the silver beech, and the gracile birch ; and the dark fir, affording with its rough foliage, a contrast to the trunks of its more beautiful...
Página 28 - And now every thing was solved ! the inexplicable longings of his soul, which had so often perplexed him, were at length explained. The want, the indefinable want, which he had so constantly experienced, was at last supplied ; the grand object on which to bring the powers of his mind to bear and work was at last provided. He paced his chamber in an agitated spirit, and panted for the Senate.

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