The Linwoods: Or, "Sixty Years Since" in America, Volume 1

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Page 39 - The which observed, a man may prophesy, With a near aim, of the main chance of things As yet not come to life, which in their seeds And weak beginnings lie intreasured. Such things become the hatch and brood of time...
Page 142 - Does arbitrate the event, my nature is That I incline to hope rather than fear, And gladly banish squint suspicion.
Page 184 - If he is a benefactor who makes two blades of grass grow where but one grew before, Kisel certainly is, while he produces smiles where rugged toil and want have stamped a scowl of discontent.
Page 60 - Hear me profess sincerely : had I a dozen sons, each in my love alike, and none less dear than thine and my good Marcius, I had rather had eleven die nobly for their country than one voluptuously surfeit out of action.
Page 174 - Many may condemn Bessie's unresisting weakness ; but who will venture to graduate the scale of human virtue ? to decide in a given case how much is bodily infirmity, and how much defect of resolution. Certain are we, that when fragility of constitution, tenderness of conscience, and susceptibility of heart, meet in one person, the sooner the trials of life are over the better. CHAPTER VIII. " A name which every wind to Heaven would bear, Which men to speak, and angels joy to hear.
Page 213 - I was a rascal to distrust her!' thought Linwood, and he hastened on, fearing good Mr. Ruthven was extremely ill. As he approached the house he perceived that, for the first time, the window-shutters were closed, and that a bright light gleamed through their crevices. He put his hand on the latch of the door to open it, as was his custom, without rapping ; but no longer, as if instinct with the hospitality of the house, did it yield to his touch. It was bolted ! He hesitated for a moment whether...
Page 209 - Oh, no, simple reader ! but because at her home in the glen there was but one parlour — there, from morning till bedtime, sat her father— (there, of course, must sit her mother; and Miss Ruthven's charms, like those of other conjurers, depended for their success on being exercised within a magic circle, within which no observer might come. She seemed to live and breathe alone for Herbert Linwood. A hundred times he was on the point of offering the...
Page 208 - Eliot would have obeyed his impulses, and endeavored to dissolve the spell for his friend ; but he was deterred by the consciousness of disappointment that his sister was so soon superseded, and by his secret wish that Linwood should remain free till a more auspicious day should rectify all mischances. Happily, Providence sometimes interposes to do that for us which we neglect to do for ourselves. " As has been said, Linwood devoted every leisure hour to Helen Ruthven. Sometimes accompanied by Charlotte...
Page 225 - ... nook was gemmed with violets and wild geraniums. The harmonies of nature's orchestra were the only and the fitting sounds in this seclusion : the early wooing of the birds ; the water from the fountains of the heights, that, filtering through the rocks, dropped from ledge to ledge with the regularity of a waterclock ; the ripple of the waves as they broke on the rocky points of the shore, or softly kissed its pebbly margin ; and the voice of the tiny stream, that, gliding down a dark, deep, and...
Page 207 - She knew how to infuse into a glance ' thoughts that breathe,' how to play off those flatteries that create an atmosphere of perfume and beauty, how to make her presence felt as the soul of life, and life in her absence a dreary day of nothingness. She had little true sensibility or generosity (they go together ; ) but selecting a single object on which to lavish her feeling, like a shallow stream compressed into a narrow channel, it made great show and noise. Eliot stood on disenchanted ground ;...

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