New Tales: The confessions of an odd-tempered man. The ruffian boy. The welcome home; or, the ball

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第 78 頁 - SINCE trifles make the sum of human things, And half our misery from our foibles springs ; Since life's best joys consist in peace and ease, And few can save or serve, but all may please, Oh ! let th' ungentle spirit learn from hence, A small unkindness is a great offence.
第 164 頁 - In short, by the greatest possible degree of misery, you produce the greatest possible degree of wickedness ; you convert an act, perhaps of indiscretion, into a settled taste and propensity to vice; receiving him, because he is too bad for society, you return him to the world impaired in health, debased in intellect, and corrupted in principles.
第 163 頁 - He is instructed in no useful branch of employment by which he may earn an honest livelihood by honest labour. You have forbidden him to repent and to reflect, by withholding from him every opportunity of reflection and repentance. Seclusion from the world has been only a closer intercourse with its very worst miscreants ; his mind has lain waste and barren for every weed to take root in ; he is habituated to idleness, reconciled to filth, and familiarised with crime.
第 163 頁 - ... you have not cherished the latent seeds of virtue ; you have not profited by the opportunity of awakening remorse for his past misconduct. His Saviour's awful name becomes, indeed, familiar to his lips, because he learns to use it to give zest to his conversation and vigour to his execrations : but all that Saviour's offices, — his tenderness, and compassion, and mercy to the returning sinner, — are topics of which he learns " However," thought Ethelind, with the confidence of heartfelt piety,...
第 348 頁 - ... in The Welcome Home, Mrs. Opie betrays her knowledge of the danger besetting her art ; and the fading of her vogue, once considerable, may be explained by her confession. The elderly hero marries the plain friend of his youth, whom he has found faithful after many years, and the authoress exclaims : Alas, I fear I am painting a very unnatural character for a general officer just returned a rich and prosperous bachelor from India ! But I must have my own way ; and paint such a man as he ought...
第 163 頁 - ... forbidden him to repent and to reflect, by withholding from him every opportunity of reflection and repentance. Seclusion from the world has been only a closer intercourse with its very worst miscreants ; his mind has lain waste and barren for every weed to take root in ; he is habituated to idleness, reconciled to filth, and familiarized with crime. You give him leisure, and for the employment of that leisure you give him tutors in every branch of iniquity. You have taken no piuus pains to turn...
第 123 頁 - Manstein — one of our beauties," replied the young Baron Sigvert. " And not improperly so called," replied Waldemar, " if distance does not magnify her charms." Ethelind, who usually walked fast, and who at this moment increased her pace, in order to escape as soon as possible from the...
第 269 頁 - ... over the tomb of the Steinheims, and then threw himself, in a sort of hallowed paroxysm of filial affection, on the grave of his father and mother. Strange, but not uncommon inconsistency of feelings ! And the great master of human nature has represented Lady Macbeth as only deterred from murdering her sleeping and defenceless king, by his resemblance to her own father. " Und ho not resembled my father as he slept, I'd have done it.

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