Olla Podrida, Band 2

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Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1840
 

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Seite 36 - Marthieu the shabby, dirty-looking lodgings where the — — — are economizing, in penance for the pleasure of one little year spent in this charming house. Poor people ! How they must long for England ! how they must miss the thousand trivial but essential conveniences devised here for the civilization of human life ! What an air of decency and respectfulness about the servants ! what a feeling of homeishness in a house exclusively our own ! The modes of life may be easier on the continent, —...
Seite 26 - What, then, I would fain discover, constitutes the peculiar merit of inducing persons uninstigated by motives of economy, to fix themselves in this comfortless and filthy city, and call it Paradise ? Alas ! my solution of the problem is far from honourable to the taste of our absentees ! In Paris people are far less amenable than in London to the tribunal of public opinion...
Seite 6 - ... ready to be blasted when visitors came, the bell was rung instead, and, for a few times, answered the same purpose. The thrush flew down close to where they stood, but she perceived that she was trifled with, and it interfered with her process of incubation ; the consequence was, that afterwards, when the bell was rung, she would peep over the ledge to ascertain if the workmen did retreat, and, if they did not, she would remain where she was, probably saying to herself, " No, no, gentlemen ;...
Seite 10 - To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot ; This sensible warm motion to become A kneaded clod ; and the delighted spirit To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside In thrilling regions of thick-ribbed ice; To be imprisoned in the viewless winds, And blown with restless violence about The pendent world...
Seite 24 - Paris, at least thirty take place chez nous. Society is established with us on a wider and more splendid scale. The weekly soirees, on the other hand, which properly represent the society of this place, are dull, meagre, and formal to the last degree of formality. There is no brilliant point...
Seite 39 - Merimee — who are courted for their personal merits and official standing rather than for their literary distinctions — I have scarcely met one of them. To the parties of the ministers of the Grand Referendaire, and other public functionaries, artists and men of letters are admitted as part of a political system ; but they are not to be found — like Moore, Rogers, Chantrey, Newton, and others — in the boudoirs of the elite, or the select fetes of a Devonshire House. " The calling of ' un...
Seite 57 - One month is no sooner corrected and printed, than on comes another. It is the stone of Sisyphus — an endless repetition of toil — a constant weight upon the mind — a continual wearing upon the intellect and spirits, demanding all the exertion of your faculties, at the same time you are compelled to do the severest drudgery.
Seite 206 - Do the faults of these people arise from the peculiarity of their constitutions, or from the nature of their government? To ascertain this, one must compare them with those who live under similar institutions. I must go to America — that is decided.
Seite 57 - It is the stone of Sisyphus — an endless repetition of toil — a constant weight upon the mind — a continual wearing upon the intellect and spirits, demanding all the exertion of your faculties, at the same time that you are compelled to do the severest drudgery. To write for a magazine is very well, but to edit one is to condemn yourself to slavery.
Seite 24 - A few ministerial fStes every winter may perhaps exceed in brilliancy the balls given in our common routine of things ; but for one entertainment in Paris, at least thirty take place chez nous. Society is established with us on a wider and more splendid scale.

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