The Maiden Aunt

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D. Appleton, 1849 - 241 עמודים
 

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עמוד 231 - ... pleading to him with a thousand silent voices, and bidding him forsake his unlovely domain, and make a new garden for them to dwell in. And the plant of love, being cherished and tended, bore its natural fruit, which is the beauty of life in this world, and the promise and foretaste of it for the next. It is said, that if a silken thread be tied around a perfectly moulded bell at the moment of sounding, the bell will burst asunder, aiid shiver into a thousand pieces.
עמוד 232 - Which when it least appear'd to melt, Intently thought — intensely felt : The deepest ice which ever froze Can only o'er the surface close — The living stream lies quick below, And flows — and cannot cease to flow.
עמוד 216 - I know that living in the world, and thinking with the world, does barm — that it gradually corrupts and changes, however little one may be aware of it at the time. But how is it to be avoided ? How is a woman — a young woman — to avoid the evil without being canting and self-opinionated — obtruding religious topics, as I have so often heard them obtruded, and hated it, I scarcely knew why ? Surely, submission and gentleness are the first duties of such a person, and how can she fulfil these...
עמוד 75 - We were alone in the drawing-room at Acton Cottage," he began ; " I was studying ; Kinnaird was smoking a cigar." "//" cried Frank indignantly, "I was not doing anything of the sort. And as to your studies — " " My dear fellow," interrupted Everard, " these little graphic touches give life to my narration. If you were not smoking a cigar, you might have been; and so there is no harm in handing you down to posterity as having been actually so engaged at a given time. But let me go on. A thundering...
עמוד 70 - ... whatever that may happen to be. Most of the instances of heroic virtue concerning which society is eloquent seem to me to resolve themselves into this, that the man was tried where he happened to be strong, and so withstood the trial easily enough. A generous man is tempted to do a mean action — tempted, that is, by some arrangement of external circumstances which makes such an action easy and profitable. He does not do it, simply because he does not feel the slightest inclination to do it,...
עמוד 66 - That is a part of your system of having no faith in anybody," said Miss Kinnaird, quickly. "My system of having no faith in anybody!" repeated he, with an air of astonishment ; " I did not know I had such a system. Pray how did you find it out?" "I dare say," exclaimed she, evading the question, " you do not believe in the reality of my love of beautiful country ; you think I say it for effect, and that I am ashamed to express my true opinions, and think it very fine to assume indifference to everything...
עמוד 192 - ... a gush of tenderness, an agony of self-reproach overcame her, causing utter prostration both of soul and body. For as the truth became visible to her, and the false supports on which she had hitherto leaned glided from beneath her, the heart returned to its natural habit of love and trustfulness, weak anger crumbled away and was forgotten, and the only manner of atoning for the sin of past disbelief seemed to be a renewal of confidence in more than its original fulness. But her own act had separated...
עמוד 185 - ... carried on apart from, and unsuspected by, the life of the world ; now she seemed to be obtaining a glimpse of a life of acts and habits, as separate, as secret, as continual. With a kind of awe she looked upon the faces of those who passed her on their way out, and her heart said to her, " What must the day be when the dawn is thus consecrated ?" Alas, for the deep significance of the question ! Alas, that it could only be suggested by the newness of wonder ! Alas, for the answer which it must...
עמוד 187 - Here" and she looked upward to the white spire still visible above the trees, " he felt that he was a member of a body, — that he was one with those among whom he worshipped. And I have sometimes almost thought," she added, dropping her voice, and hesitating a little, " that he may see the angels worshipping with us — his upward look is so bright and steadfast. You know it is not impossible that GOD may open his eyes to see them, as a compensation for the privation of his other senses.
עמוד 205 - ... come upon us by anticipation. A thrill passes over us, it is true, whensoever we read the name of a place where we have once been happy, but it is the privilege of a tranquil state of melancholy to people the mind with quiet visions of the past, and to embody, as it were, and localise the picture by particular features of landscape or even forms and dispositions of furniture — the new bitterness of an unmellowed grief leaves no leisure, no power for such embellishments of sorrow. Those who...

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