Vassall Morton: A Novel

Phillips, Sampson, 1856 - 414 Seiten

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Seite 61 - Alexander I will reign, And I will reign alone ; My thoughts did evermore disdain A rival on my throne. He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, Who dares not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all.
Seite 61 - I'll smiling mock at thy neglect, And never love thee more. But if no faithless action stain Thy love and constant word, I'll make thee famous by my pen, And glorious by my sword...
Seite 170 - Those travel'd youths whom tender mothers wean, And send abroad to see and to be seen; With whom, lest they should fornicate, or worse, A tutor's sent by way of a dry nurse; Each of whom just enough of spirit bears To...
Seite 163 - ... perfectly concealed what lay beneath. "I'm not very keen to tackle that," Mather muttered, halting at the edge of the tangle. "Too tough to smash through, and not quite tough enough to walk on — I've tried ground cane before." He looked back at the pitch he had just descended and shook his head. "About six of one and half a dozen of the other, I guess. Damned if I'll shin up that ridge again. Can't work around the edge of this bamboo, either — those cliffs block me off. Well, here goes for...
Seite 37 - This first gave him an impulse 39 towards ethnological inquiries. He soon began to find an absorbing interest in tracing the distinctions, moral, intellectual, and physical, of different races, as shown in their history, their mythologies, their languages, their legends, their primitive art, literature, and way of life. The idea grew upon him of devoting his life to such studies.
Seite 273 - Some years ago, I entered upon certain plans, which have not yet been accomplished. I have been interrupted, balked, kicked and cuffed by fortune, till I am more than half disgusted with the world. But I mean still to take up the broken thread where I left it, and carry it forward as before.
Seite 189 - ... chivalry in listed plain on joust and tourney spent ; — I hear of many a battle, in which thy spear is red, But help from thee comes none to me where I am ill bested.
Seite 135 - What ! we have many goodly days to see : The liquid drops of tears that you have shed, Shall eome again, transform'd to orient pearl ; Advantaging their loan, with interest Oftentimes double gain of happiness. Shaks. Riehard III. All the good we have rests...
Seite 37 - Norman Conquest' had fallen into his hands soon after he entered College. The whole delighted him; but he read and re-read the opening chapters, which exhibit the movements of the various races in their occupancy of the west of Europe. This first gave him an impulse 39 towards ethnological inquiries.
Seite 112 - Here in America," declares Vassall, "we ought to make the most of this feeling for nature; for we have very little else . . . savageness and solitude have a character of their own; and so has the polished landscape with associations of art, poetry, legend and history."7 The polished landscape of Europe held little enchantment for Parkman. Rather he turned to the mountains and the virgin forests for...

Über den Autor (1856)

Early in his youth, this Boston-born historian was infected with what he called (in language offensive to today's readers) "Injuns on the brain." For the rest of his life, he dedicated himself to writing what he had called at the age of 18 "a history of the American forest." In 1846, following the completion of his studies at Harvard College, he set out in company with a cousin on an expedition from St. Louis over the Oregon Trail to Fort Laramie, Wyoming, a journey that brought him into close contact with the Lakota Indians. Back in Boston, he turned the journal that he had kept on the trail into a series of sketches that were published in the Knickerbocker Magazine and afterwards as a book, The California and Oregon Trail, Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life (1849), now better known by the abbreviated title of a later revised edition, The Oregon Trail. By this time, Parkman had well underway the historical work that would occupy him during the rest of his life, an account of the French and English in North America, the first installment of which was his History of the Conspiracy of Pontiac and the War of the North American Tribes against the English Colonies, published in 1851.

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