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Seite 39 - Coryphaeus of the public taste in homilies," said I then to myself, "prepare to do your office. You see that my lord archbishop is going very fast — you ought to warn him of it, not only as his bosom friend, on whose sincerity he relies, but lest some blunt fellow should anticipate you, and bolt out the truth in an offensive manner. In that case you know the consequence ; you would be struck out of his will, where no doubt you have a more convertible bequest than the licentiate Sedillo's library."...
Seite 39 - In that case you know the consequence ; you would be struck out of his will, where no doubt you have a more convertible bequest than the licentiate Sedillo's library." But as reason, like Janus, looks at things with two faces, I began to consider the other side of the question ; the hint seemed difficult to wrap up so as to make it palatable. Authors in general are stark mad on the subject of their own works, and such an author might be more testy than the common herd of the irritable race ; but...
Seite 30 - ... saving souls. Nevertheless, to conceal no part of my weakness from my monitor, there is another reward on which my heart is intent, a reward which the seraphic scrupulousness of my virtue to little purpose condemns as too carnal: a literary reputation for a sublime and elegant style. The honor of being handed down to posterity as a perfect pulpit orator has its irresistible attractions. My compositions are generally thought to be equally powerful and persuasive; but I could wish of all things...
Seite 28 - I get a step farther in his esteem; and Don Ferdinand, who came to see him very often, told me my footing was so firm that there could not be a doubt but my fortune was made. Of this my master himself gave me a proof some little time afterwards; and the occasion was as follows: — One evening in his closet he rehearsed before me, with appropriate emphasis and action, a homily which he was to deliver the next day in the cathedral. He did not content himself with asking me what I thought of it in...
Seite 220 - Europe, and in peaceful possession of all the estates and dominions belonging to it: unless, by divine providence, what is got over the devil's back, is spent under his belly; or the goods which they unjustly get, perish with their prodigal heirs.
Seite 41 - I know what you mean," replied he. " You think I am going downhill, do not you ? Out with it at once. It is your opinion that it is time for me to think of retiring ? " "I should never have had the presumption," said I, " to deliver myself with so little reserve, if it had not been your grace's express command. I act in entire obedience to your grace's orders ; and I most obsequiously implore your grace not to take offense at my boldness.
Seite 34 - I was curious to see whether this boasted handwriting was so much better than my own. The licentiate, who had a specimen in his pocket, showed me a sheet which I admired very much ; it had all the regularity of a writing master's copy. In looking over this model of penmanship, an idea occurred to me. I begged Garcias to leave this paper in my hands, saying that I might be able to do something with it which should turn out to his advantage ; that I could not explain myself at that moment, but would...
Seite 37 - Leyva, had but a mortification taken place in the back of the scarecrow which had frightened me away. Don Ferdinand was not insensible to the emotions that agitated me, and felt himself so much obliged by them, that he took his leave with the assurance of the whole family always taking an anxious interest in my fate. Two months after this worthy gentleman had left us, in the luxuriant harvest of my highest favor, a lowering storm came suddenly over the episcopal palace ; the archbishop had a stroke...
Seite 279 - Of power and honour the deceitful light Might half excuse our cheated sight. If it of life the whole small time would stay And be our sunshine all the day...
Seite 28 - In a word, he was so highly pleased with me, as to add in a tone of extraordinary emotion : " Never mind, Gil Bias ! henceforward take no care about hereafter : I shall make it my business to place you among the favored children of my bounty. You have my best wishes ; and to prove to you that you have them, I shall take you into my inmost confidence.