The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Volume 3

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Johnson, 1808
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Page 43 - Even such a man, so faint, so spiritless, So dull, so dead in look, so woe-begone, Drew Priam's curtain in the dead of night...
Page 211 - COME, bright love of fame, inspire my glowing breast : not thee I call, who, over swelling tides of blood and tears, dost bear the hero on to glory, while sighs of millions waft his spreading sails ; but thee, fair, gentle maid, whom Mnesis, happy nymph, first on the banks of Hebrus did produce. Thee, whom...
Page 2 - Another caution we would give thee, my good reptile, is that thou dost not find out too near a resemblance between certain characters here introduced; as for instance, between the landlady who appears in the seventh book, and her in the ninth. Thou art to know, friend, that there are certain characteristics in which most individuals of every profession and occupation agree. To be able to preserve these characteristics, and at the same time to diversify their operations, is one talent of a good writer.
Page 4 - ... quas humana parum cavit natura, they will raise our compassion rather than our abhorrence. Indeed, nothing can be of more moral use than the imperfections which are seen in examples of...
Page 2 - First, then, we warn thee not too hastily to condemn any of the incidents in this our history, as impertinent and foreign to our main design, because thou dost not immediately conceive in •what manner such incident may conduce to that design.
Page 211 - Milton, sweetly tuning the heroic lyre, fill my ravished fancy with the hopes of charming ages yet to come. Foretel me, that some tender maid, whose grandmother is yet unborn, hereafter, when, under the fictitious name of Sophia, she reads the real worth which once existed in my Charlotte, shall from her sympathetic breast send forth the heaving sigh.
Page 151 - Husband ; and it was indeed a very grave and solemn entertainment, without any low wit or humour, or jests ; or, to do it no more than justice, without anything which could provoke a laugh.
Page 170 - ... what happened to Jones at Upton as a just punishment for his wickedness with regard to women, of which it was indeed the immediate consequence ; and silly and bad persons...
Page 3 - If thou dost delight in these models of perfection, there are books enow written to gratify thy taste ; but, as we have not, in the course of our conversation, ever happened to meet with any such person, we have not chosen to introduce any such here.
Page 181 - Place me where never summer breeze Unbinds the glebe, or warms the trees ; Where ever lowering clouds appear, And angry Jove deforms th' inclement year. " ' Place me beneath the burning ray, Where rolls the rapid car of day ; Love and the nymph shall charm my toils, The nymph who sweetly speaks, and sweetly smiles." Mr. FRANCIS. " Why then here's Miss Lalage's health with all my heart,

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