Barnaby Rudge, And, Hard Times: With Ten Illustrations

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Ticknor and Fields, 1868 - 559 頁
 

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第 399 頁 - Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts : nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children. Stick to Facts, sir...
第 410 頁 - It was a town of red brick, or of brick that would have been red if the smoke and ashes had allowed it ; but, as matters stood it was a town of unnatural red and black like the painted face of a savage. It was a town of machinery and tall chimneys, out of which interminable serpents of smoke trailed themselves for ever and ever, and never got uncoiled.
第 400 頁 - THOMAS GRADGRIND, sir. A man of realities. A man of facts and calculations. A man who proceeds upon the principle that two and two are four, and nothing over, and who is not to be talked into allowing for anything over.
第 401 頁 - Bitzer," said Thomas Gradgrind. " Your definition of a horse." "Quadruped. Graminivorous. Forty teeth, namely twentyfour grinders, four eye-teeth, and twelve incisive. Sheds coat in the spring ; in marshy countries, sheds hoofs, too. Hoofs hard, but requiring to be shod with iron. Age known by marks in mouth.
第 403 頁 - M'Choakumchild. If he had only learnt a little less, how infinitely better he might have taught much more ! He went. to work in this preparatory lesson, not unlike Morgiana in the Forty Thieves: looking into all the vessels ranged before him, one after another, to see what they contained. Say, good M'Choakumchild When from thy boiling store, thou shalt fill each jar brim full by-and-by, dost thou think that thou wilt always kill outright the robber Fancy lurking within — or sometimes only maim...
第 403 頁 - He had been put through an immense variety of paces, and had answered volumes of headbreaking questions. Orthography, etymology, syntax, and. prosody, biography, astronomy, geography, and general cosmography, the sciences of compound proportion, algebra, landsurveying and levelling, vocal music, and drawing from models, were all at the ends of his ten chilled fingers.
第 411 頁 - M'Choakumchild school was all fact, and the school of design was all fact, and the relations between master and man were all fact, and everything was fact between the lying-in hospital and the cemetery, and what you couldn't state in figures, or show to be purchaseable in the cheapest market and saleable in the dearest; was not, and never should be, world without end, Amen.
第 401 頁 - A mighty man at cutting and drying, he was ; a government officer ; in his way (and in most other people's, too), a professed pugilist ; always in training, always with a system to force down the general throat like a bolus, always to be heard of at the bar of his little public-office, ready to fight all England.
第 505 頁 - Reason through the tender light of Fancy, she had seen it a beneficent god, deferring to gods as great as itself : not a grim Idol, cruel and cold, with its victims bound hand to foot, and its big dumb shape set up with a sightless stare, never to be moved by anything but so many calculated tons of leverage — what had she to do with these ? Her remembrances of home and childhood were remembrances of the drying up of every spring and fountain in her young heart as it gushed out.
第 8 頁 - ... old house looked as if it were nodding in its sleep. Indeed, it needed no very great stretch of fancy to detect in it other resemblances to humanity. The bricks of which it was built had originally been a deep dark red, but had grown yellow and discoloured like an old man's skin ; the sturdy timbers had decayed like teeth ; and here and there the ivy, like a warm garment to comfort it in its age, wrapt its green leaves closely round the time-worn walls.

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