The Queens of Society

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Harper & brothers, 1860 - 488 páginas
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Página 293 - Whether in florid impotence he speaks, And as the prompter breathes, the puppet squeaks; Or at the ear of Eve, familiar toad, Half froth, half venom, spits himself abroad, In puns, or politics, or tales, or lies, Or spite, or smut, or rhymes, or blasphemies: His wit all see-saw between that and this, Now high, now low, now master up, now miss, And he himself one vile antithesis.
Página 471 - Sidney's sister, Pembroke's mother. Death, ere thou hast slain another Fair and learn'd and good as she, Time shall throw a dart at thee.
Página 362 - Sir, she had read the old romances, and had got into her head the fantastical notion that a woman of spirit should use her lover like a dog. So, sir, at first she told me that I rode too fast, and she could not keep up with me ; and, when I rode a little slower, she passed me, and complained that I lagged behind. I was not to be made the slave of caprice ; and I resolved to begin as I meant to end. I therefore pushed oir- briskly, till I was fairly out of her sight.
Página 465 - Many that then saw his tears, and heard his faint and hollow voice, professing they thought the text prophetically chosen, and that Dr. Donne had preached his own funeral sermon.
Página 122 - I found her in a little miserable bedchamber of a ready-furnished house, with two tallow candles, and a bureau covered with pots and pans. On her head, in full of all accounts, she had an old black-laced hood, wrapped entirely round, so as to conceal all hair or want of hair. No handkerchief, but up to her chin a kind of horseman's ridingcoat, calling itself a...
Página 117 - And try at least t'assassinate our fame, Like the first bold assassin's be thy lot, Ne'er be thy guilt forgiven or forgot; But as thou hat'st, be hated by mankind, And with the emblem of thy crooked mind Marked on thy back, like Cain, by God's own hand, Wander like him, accursed through the land.
Página 112 - ... very well to be distinguished through it. The antery is a waistcoat, made close to the shape, of white and gold damask, with very long sleeves falling back, and fringed with deep gold fringe, and should have diamond or pearl buttons.
Página 348 - I am willing to flatter myself that I meant this as light pleasantry to soothe and conciliate him, and not as a humiliating abasement at the expense of my country. But however that might be, this speech was somewhat unlucky ; for with that quickness of wit for which he was so remarkable, he seized the expression "come from Scotland...
Página 362 - Johnson having argued for some time with a pertinacious gentleman; his opponent, who had talked in a very puzzling manner, happened to say, " I don't understand you, sir;" upon which Johnson observed, "Sir, I have found you an argument ; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.
Página 109 - ... beautiful, would not be agreeable ; nature having done for her with more success, what Apelles is said to have essayed, by a collection of the most exact features, to form a perfect face.

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