Vivian Grey, Volumen1

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B. Tauchnitz, 1859 - 698 páginas
 

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Página 136 - 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 151 - 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 181 - Beckendorff — to become guardians of our weaker fellow-creatures — that all power is a trust — that we are accountable for its exercise — that, from the people, and for the people, all springs, and all must exist...
Página 192 - Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
Página 150 - ... horrible thought sometimes comes over my spirit. I fancy that in this mysterious foreigner, that in this woman, I have met a kind of double of myself. The same wonderful knowledge of the human mind, the same sweetness of voice, the same miraculous management which has brought us both under the same roof: yet do I find her the most abandoned of all beings; a creature guilty of that which, even in this guilty age, I thought was obsolete. And is it possible that I am like her? that I can resemble...
Página 25 - 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 162 - H 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 194 - No minister ever yet fell, but from his own inefficiency. If his downfall be occasioned, as it generally is, by the intrigues of one of his own creatures, his downfall is merited for having been the dupe of a tool, which in all probability he should never have employed. If he fall through the open attacks of his political opponents, his downfall is equally deserved, for having occasioned by his impolicy the formation of a party ; for having allowed it to be formed ; or for not having crushed it when...
Página 326 - ... who was then at the Baths : those who had been presented to his Highness, having the privilege of introducing any number of their friends ; and those who had no friend to introduce them, purchasing tickets at an enormous price from Cracowsky — the wily Polish Intendant. The entertainment was most imperial ; no expense, and no exertion were spared to make the hired lodging-house look like an hereditary palace ; and for a week previous to the great evening, the whole of the neighbouring town...
Página 40 - The voice of the birds was stilled; the breeze, which had refreshed them during the day, died away, as if its office were now completed; and none of the dark sounds and sights of hideous Night yet dared to triumph over the death of Day. Unseen were the circling wings of the fell bat; unheard the screech of the waking owl; silent the drowsy hum of the shade-born beetle! What heart has not acknowledged the influence of this hour, the sweet and soothing hour of twilight! the hour of love, the hour of...