The Attic Miscellany, Or, Characteristic Mirror of Men and Things

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Bentley and Company no 24, Finch Lane - English poetry
Includes verse narratives, comment on manners and customs, satirical articles on clubs and social gatherings, excerpts from other publications of biography, conduct, history, epigrams, short fiction, a monthly diary of current events, and correspondence. With numbered essays: The Actor, and The Physio-magnetic mirror.
 

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Page 361 - Suppose they have more knowledge at five or six years old than other children, what use can be made of it? It will be lost before it is wanted, and the waste of so much time and labour of the teacher can never be repaid.
Page 368 - A gentleman who had been very unhappy in marriage, married immediately after his wife died: Johnson said, it was the triumph of hope over experience.
Page 156 - ... at the same time slipping his pincers from the screw he was forcing to the head, he caught a piece of flesh in the forceps and wrenched it out of his cheek, laughing at poor Nicolas, whilst he roared aloud with the pain, telling him it was a just reward for the torture he had put him to awhile ago, when he tugged at a tooth till he broke it in his jaw. ' Ah, for the love of heaven...
Page 367 - Much inquiry having been made concerning a gentleman, who had quitted a company where Johnson was, and no information being obtained, at last Johnson observed, that ' he did not care to speak ill of any man behind his back, but he believed the gentleman was an attorney?
Page 171 - Philemon lived to the extraordinary age of one hundred and one years, in which time he composed ninety comedies ; a competent collection it must be owned, though not to be compared to the bulk of Menander's productions, who in half the time wrote more in number, and with a rapidity, for which we have his own word — ' for when I have once determined upon the plot, says he, I consider the work as finished.
Page 157 - I believe I have a proof in my pocket, that will acquit me of that charge ; and so saying he tendered the letter we have before made mention of: the secretary took it, and, by command of the court, read as follows : ' Senor Don Manuel de Herrera,
Page 155 - let it pass ; there can be no mystery in this harmless scrawl ; a letter of advice to some friend or relation, I'll not break the seal ; let the fathers read it, if they like, 'twill prove the truth of my deposition, and help out my excuse for the hurry of my errand, and the unfortunate adventure of my damned refractory mule.
Page 165 - ... tis all alike to him where he begins ; all our poets put together are not worth a halter; he stumbles by mere chance upon
Page 213 - No, sir, quoth he, Call me not fool, till heaven hath sent me fortune : And then he drew a dial from his poke ; And looking on it with lack-lustre eye, Says, very wisely, It is ten o'clock : Thus we may see...
Page 167 - I, master,' replied the countryman, ' as Heaven shall judge me ! I love the sport too well to spoil it wilfully : but if I was travelling along the road just as puss was popping through the hedge, could I help it? am I in the fault? And should this gentleman, if he be a gentleman, ride up to me as if he would have trampled me like a dog under his...

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