T. and J. Allman, 1823

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Página ii - to ridicule with novelty and good humour the fashions, follies, vices and absurdities of that part of the human species which calls itself the WORLD, and to trace it through all its business, pleasures and amusements.
Página 269 - ... to the sharpers who have cheated him; for those debts are really debts of honour. He lies under one disagreeable restraint; for he must not cheat at play, unless in a horsematch : but then he may with great honour defraud in an office, or betray a trust. In public affairs, he may, not only with honour, but even with some degree of lustre, be in the same session a turbulent patriot, opposing the best measures, and a servile courtier, promoting the worst ; provided a very lucrative consideration...
Página 134 - ... writing, by the help of which none but the corresponding parties who had the key could decipher the matter. But human industry soon refined upon this too ; the art of deciphering was discovered, and the skill of the decipherer baffled all the labour of the cipherer. The secrecy of all literary correspondence became precarious, and neither business nor love could any longer be safely trusted to paper. Such for a considerable time was the unhappy state of letters, till the beau monde, an inventive...
Página 101 - This cannot surely be serious!"—" Very serious, depend upon it, my dear," said my wife; " and pray, by the way, what may there be ridiculous in it ? No such Sysigambis neither," continued she; " Betty is but sixteen, and you know I had her at four-and-twenty." As I found that the name of Sysigambis, carrying an idea of age along with it, was offensive to my wife, I waved the parallel; and addressing myself in common to my wife and daughter, I told them, " I perceived that there was a painter now...
Página 122 - Still as they run they look behind, They hear a voice in every wind, And snateh a fearful joy.
Página 268 - Romans, honour meant no more than contempt of dangers and death in the service, whether just or unjust, of their country. Their successors and conquerors, the Goths and Vandals, who did not deal much in complex ideas, simplified those of honour, and reduced them to this plain and single one, of fighting for fighting's sake, upon any, or all, no matter what, occasions. Our present mode of honour is something more compounded, as will appear by the true character which I shall now give of a fashionable...
Página 234 - I belong to a club of very honest fellows in the city, who meet once a week to kill care and be innocently merry. Every one of us used to sing his song or tell his story for the entertainment of his friends, and to be good-naturedly jocose upon the foibles of the company. But all our merriment has been at a stand for some time, by the admission of a new member, who it seems is a person of very fine breeding. You must know that he is our superior in fortune ; from which consideration we shew him a...
Página 103 - ... dessert, as they call it, and occasionally to announce visits. A very slatternly, dirty, but at the same time a very genteel French maid, is appropriated to the use of my daughter. My meat too is as much disguised in the dressing by a French cook, as my •wife and my daughter are by their red, their pompons, their scraps of dirty gauze, flimsy sattins, and black callicoes; not to mention their affected K 2 broken English, and mangled French, which jumbled together compose their present language.
Página 96 - ... ill-natured comfort which I might have, of thinking it of late a very common one. I am a gentleman of a reasonable paternal estate in my county, and serve as knight of the shire for it.
Página 71 - What a fool is this fellow,' says a man upon the road, ' to be trudging it on foot with his son, that his ass may go light...

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