The Complete Works of William Makepeace Thackeray, Volume 1; Volume 9

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Page 12 - He was a man, take him for all in all, We shall not look upon his like again: I know that statement's not original: What statement is, since Shakspere?
Page 113 - It is the fashion to run down George IV., but what myriads of Londoners ought to thank him for inventing Brighton ! One of the best of physicians our city has ever known, is kind, cheerful, merry Doctor Brighton.
Page 194 - ... from his mouth, and stooping down he kissed the little white hand with a great deal of grace and dignity. There was no point of resemblance, and yet a something in the girl's look, voice, and movements, which caused his heart to thrill, and an image out of the past to rise up and salute him. The eyes which had brightened his youth (and which he saw iii his dreams and thoughts for faithful years afterwards, as though they looked at him out of heaven), seemed to shine upon him after five-and-thirty...
Page 287 - ... the speeches attributed to Clive, the Colonel, and the rest, are as authentic as the orations in Sallust or Livy, and only implore the truth-loving public to believe that incidents here told, and which passed very probably without witnesses, were either confided to me subsequently as compiler of this biography, or are of such a nature that they must have happened from what we know happened after.
Page viii - Speaking of Thackeray, I cannot but wonder at his coolness in respect to his own pathos, and compare it to my emotions when I read the last scene of The Scarlet Letter to my wife, just after writing it— tried to read it rather, for my voice swelled and heaved as if I were tossed up and down on an ocean as it subsides after a storm.
Page 251 - No, all is hushed, and still as death — 'tis dreadful ! How reverend is the face of this tall pile, Whose ancient pillars rear their marble heads, To bear aloft its arched and ponderous roof, By its own weight made steadfast and immovable, Looking tranquillity. It strikes an awe And terror on my aching sight ; the tombs And monumental caves of death look cold, And shoot a chillness to my trembling heart.
Page ix - Lords and House of Commons in '76 — Lord North — Washington — what the people thought about Washington, — I am thinking about '76. Where, in the name of common sense, is the insult to 1853? The satire, if satire there be, applies to us at home, who called Washington "Mr. Washington;" as we called Frederick the Great "the Protestant Hero...
Page 250 - He heard opinions that amazed and bewildered him : he heard that Byron was no great poet, though a very clever man ; he heard that there had been a wicked persecution against Mr. Pope's memory and fame, and that it was time to reinstate him ; that his favourite, Dr. Johnson, talked admirably, but did not write English ; that young Keats was a genius to be estimated in future days with young Raphael ; and that a young gentleman of Cambridge who had lately published two volumes of verses, might take...

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