The Life of the Honourable Mrs. Norton

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H. Holt, 1909 - 312 Seiten
 

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Seite 6 - Stifling thy grief, to hear some weary task, Conn'd by unwilling lips, with listless air; Hoarding thy means, lest future need might ask More than the widow's pittance then could spare. Hidden, forgotten by the great and gay, Enduring sorrow, not by fits and starts, But the long self-denial, day by day, Alone amidst thy brood of careless hearts...
Seite 128 - Court, and never was such a revolution seen in anybody's occupations and habits. Instead of indolently sprawling in all the attitudes of luxurious ease, he is always sitting bolt upright ; his free and easy language, interlarded with " damns," is carefully guarded and regulated with the strictest propriety, and he has exchanged the good talk of Holland House for the trivial, laboured, and wearisome inanities of the Royal circle.
Seite 149 - The wild and stupid theories advanced by a few women of ' equal rights ' and ' equal intelligence ' are not the opinion of their sex. I, for one (I, with millions more), believe in the natural superiority of man, as I do in the existence of God. The natural position of woman is inferiority to man.
Seite 78 - ... an art to win and bless, The cold and stern to joy and fondness warming ; The coaxing smile — the frequent soft caress — The earnest, tearful prayer, all wrath disarming ! Again my heart a new affection found, But thought that love with thee had reached its bound. At length thou earnest — thou the last and least, Nicknamed
Seite 78 - And thine was many an art to win and bless, The cold and stern to joy and fondness warming; The coaxing smile, the frequent soft caress, The earnest, tearful prayer all wrath disarming! Again my heart a new affection found, But thought that love with thee had reached its bound. At length thou earnest — thou, the last and least, Nicknamed "The Emperor...
Seite 258 - She is rather above middle height. In her shawl and crinoline, of course I could not pronounce upon her figure. Her face is certainly extremely beautiful. The hair is raven black violet black - without a thread of silver. The eyes very large, with dark lashes, and black as death; the nose straight; the mouth flexible and changing ; with teeth which in themselves would make the fortune of an ordinary face - such is her physiognomy ; and when you add to this extraordinary poetic genius, descent from...
Seite 127 - I have no doubt he is passionately fond of her as he might be of his daughter if he had one, and the more because he is a man with a capacity for loving without having anything in the world to love.
Seite 78 - Earth's fragile idols; like a tender flower, No strength in all thy freshness, prone to fade, And bending weakly to the thunder-shower; Still, round the loved, thy heart found force to bind, And clung, like woodbine shaken in the wind!
Seite 217 - On Saturday I dined and went to the play with Mrs. Norton, which sounds gay, but which is as saddening a way of passing an evening as I could find. Her society is saddening to me in itself, so glorious a creature to look at even as she is — so transcendent formerly, and now so faded in beauty and foundered in life. She went to see a play called...
Seite 133 - I am very impatient to send you the pamphlet ; it was a great triumph to me to see how alike what I had written and part of your letter was. (What very awkward prose !) I improved the passage materially by your observation on what was PERMITTED to women, or rather EXCUSED in women, when they receive any rudeness ; but as you are to have the trouble of reading it in print, I will not say more about it now. Perhaps you will not think I have gone far enough...

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