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Página 1 - ASf author ought to consider himself, not as a gentleman who gives a private or eleemosynary treat, but rather as one who keeps a public ordinary, at which all persons are welcome for their money.
Página 3 - In like manner, the excellence of the mental entertainment consists less in the subject than in the author's skill in well dressing it up. How pleased, therefore, will the reader be to find that we have, in the following work, adhered closely to one of the highest principles of the best cook which the present age, or perhaps that of Heliogabalus, hath produced.
Página 139 - Her pure and eloquent blood Spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctly wrought, That one might almost say her body thought.
Página 133 - A! truth distinguishes our writings from those idle romances which are filled with monsters, the productions, not of nature, but of distempered brains...
Página 235 - Cato in the tragical poem: -Let guilt or fear Disturb man's rest: Cato knows neither of them; Indifferent in his choice to sleep or die.
Página 51 - Such histories as these do, in reality, very much resemble a newspaper, which consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not.
Página 1 - To prevent, therefore, giving offence to their customers by any such disappointment, it hath been usual with the honest and well-meaning host to provide a bill of fare which all persons may peruse at their first entrance into the house ; and having thence acquainted...
Página 53 - My reader then is not to be surprized, if, in the course of this work, he shall find some chapters very short, and others altogether as long ; some that contain only the time of a single day, and others that comprise years ; in a word, if my history sometimes seems to stand still, and sometimes to fly.
Página 3 - Many exquisite viands might be rejected by the epicure, if it was a sufficient cause for his contemning of them as common and vulgar, that something was to be found in the most paltry alleys under the same name. In reality, true nature is as difficult to be met with in authors, as the Bayonne ham, or Bologna sausage, is to be found in the shops. But the whole, to continue the same metaphor, consists in the cookery of the author ; for, as Mr. Pope tells us — "True wit is nature to advantage drest;...
Página 12 - ... in the full blaze of his majesty up rose the sun; than which one object alone in this lower creation could be more glorious, and that Mr. Allworthy himself presented, — a human being replete with benevolence, meditating in what manner he might render himself most acceptable to his Creator, by doing most good to his creatures.

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