The modern Pythagorean; tales, essays, and sketches. With the author's life by D.M. Moir, Volumen2

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Página 241 - He tugged, he shook, till down they came, and drew The whole roof after them, with burst of thunder Upon the heads of all who sat beneath, Lords, ladies, captains, counsellors...
Página 237 - like the baseless fabric of a vision, and left not a wreck behind...
Página 42 - All is over then," said I, wringing my hands at this deplorable sight. " I am the victim of some infernal agency, and must prepare for the dreadful sacrifice." That night I was supremely wretched, tossing incessantly in bed; while sleep was denied to my wearied eyelids. Next morning my haggard look was remarked by my servant, who proposed sending for a physician ; but this I would not allow, knowing that woe like mine was beyond the reach of medicine. The greater part of that day was spent in religious...
Página 47 - I felt myself seized upon by both arms, and raised up with irresistible force. At the same instant the fillet was drawn from my eyes. I opened them with amazement : instead of the gloom of death, the glorious light of heaven burst upon them ! I was confounded ; and, to add to my surprise, I saw supporting me two men, with whose faces I was familiar. I gazed at the one, then at the other, with looks of fixed astonishment. " What is this ? '' said I ; " where am I ? " " You must remain quiet," said...
Página 4 - ... my neglect. However, I was so drowned in reflection, that I did not take the hint. At last he made a sudden stop directly in front of me, folded his arms in the same manner as mine, and looked upwards in my face with a fixed glance, as much as to say, " Well, master, what now ?" I never thought the Doctor so little, or myself so tall, as at this moment.
Página 11 - You mean a miniature of that bust ?" " No — not a miniature, but the real bust. Here it comes — how heavy it is !"-!-And, to my amazement, I saw him take out of his pocket the identical bust, as large as life, of the Roman orator, and place it on the table before me. " Have you any more heads of this description about you...
Página 36 - So saying, I laid on him most unmercifully, — flattened his nose (or rather my own), and laid him sprawling on the earth without ceremony. While engaged in this business,! heard a sneeze, and looking to the quarter from which it proceeded, who did I see emerging from the wood but my old acquaintance, with the snuff-coloured surtout, the scarlet waistcoat, and wooden leg. He saluted me as usual with a smile, and was beginning to regret the length of time which had elapsed since he last had the pleasure...
Página 4 - ... cap. The latter still stuck to my head, and I stood folded in my college gown, my mouth half open, and my eyes fixed upon the Doctor in empty abstraction. I could see that he was angry at my tardy recognition of his presence ; and as he came nearer me he slackened his pace a little, as if to give me an opportunity of amending my neglect.
Página 226 - But pleasures are like poppies spread, You seize the flower, its bloom is shed; Or like the snow-fall in the river, A moment white — then melts for ever; Or like the borealis race, That flit ere you can point their place; Or like the rainbow's lovely form Evanishing amid the storm. Nae man can tether time or tide; The hour approaches Tarn maun ride — That hour o...
Página 26 - I believe it is in my pocket at this very moment. Look here, my dear sir." And he brought out a small manuscript book, and, turning up the leaves, pointed to view the following words : — " I hereby, in consideration of the sum of fifty gilders, give to Albert Wolstang the use of my body, at any time he is disposed, provided that, for the time being, he gives me the use of his. — FREDERICK STADT." " It is a damnable forgery," said I, starting up with fury; "a deceptio visfis, at least — something...

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