The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Volume 1

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Baudry's Foreign Library, 1831
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Page 137 - Her pure and eloquent blood Spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctly wrought, That one might almost say her body thought.
Page xxiii - I submitted entirely to her, and she made as great a fool of me, as she had ever done of any woman whatsoever ; under pretence of giving me leave to enjoy, she drew me in to suffer the company of my little ones, during eight hours; and I doubt not whether, in that time, I did not undergo more than in all my distemper.
Page 394 - In the last place, the actions should be such as may not only be within the compass of human agency, and which human agents may probably be supposed to do; but they should be likely for the very actors and characters themselves to have performed; for what may be only wonderful and surprising in one man, may become improbable, or indeed impossible, when related of another.
Page 194 - This vein is no other than that of contrast, which runs through all the works of the creation, and may probably have a large share in constituting in us the idea of all beauty, as well natural as artificial : for what demonstrates the beauty and excellence of any thing, but its reverse ? Thus the beauty of day, and that of summer, is set off by the horrors of night and winter.
Page 483 - ... a quick and sagacious penetration into the true essence of all the objects of our contemplation.
Page 482 - Poetry, indeed, may perhaps be thought an exception; but then it demands numbers, or something like numbers; whereas, to the composition of novels and romances, nothing is necessary but paper, pens, and ink, with the manual capacity of using them.
Page xxiii - On this day, the most melancholy sun I had ever beheld arose, and found me awake at my house at Fordhook. By the light of this sun, I was, in my own opinion, last to behold and take leave of some of those creatures on whom I doated with...
Page xxviii - To think those greater, who're above us ; Another instance of my glory, Who live above you, twice two story ; And from my garret can look down On the whole street of Arlington...
Page 11 - ... forces them outwardly to approve and to commend whatever is set before them. Now, the contrary of this happens to the master of an ordinary. Men who pay for what they eat, will insist on gratifying their palates, however nice and whimsical these may prove ; and if every thing is not agreeable to their taste, will challenge a right to censure, to abuse, and to d — n their dinner without controul.
Page 16 - Reader, I think proper, before we proceed any farther together, to acquaint thee, that I intend to digress, through this whole history, as often as I see occasion : of which I am myself a better judge than any pitiful critic whatever.

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