Carwin, the biloquist, and other American tales

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Seite 42 - Where the bee sucks, there suck I; In a cowslip's bell I lie : There I couch when owls do cry, On the bat's back I do fly After summer merrily: Merrily, merrily, shall I live now, Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
Seite 159 - ... measures on her side, without which my silence would never have been broken. The constitution of man is compounded and modified with endless variety. The wisest and soberest of human beings is, in some respects, a madman; that is, he acts against his better reason, and his feet stand still, or go south, when every motive is busy in impelling him north. He cannot infer from his conduct, on one occasion, how he shall act when the same or a similar occasion hereafter occurs. It is vulgarly imagined,...
Seite 201 - At length he was compelled to acquiesce in the belief that the son had perished by some unwitnessed and untoward accident. This event was fatal to his fondest hopes, and he deplored it as the most signal calamity that could befal him. Thurston found no difficulty in the disposal of his property, and was taking measures for entering on the meditated voyage, when he was attacked by a fever which, in a few days, put an end to his life. This event incapacitated Alice for prosecuting her design. The Calverts...
Seite 48 - Men, he said, believed in the existence and energy of invisible powers, and in the duty of discovering and conforming to their will. This will was supposed to be sometimes made known to them through the medium of their senses. A voice coming from a quarter where no attendant form could be seen, would, in most cases, be ascribed to supernal agency, and a command imposed on them in this manner would be obeyed with religious scrupulousness. Thus men might be imperiously directed in the disposal of their...
Seite 106 - I grew ; besides, though very good, they had no remarkable or dazzling excellence about them ; such they were as we usually meet with, plain in person and untutored in mind. " No ! what I feel for you I have not felt since I was sixteen, yet it cannot you know be love. Yet is there such a difference brought about by mere sex — My Sophia's qualities are such as I would doat upon in man. Just the same would win my whole heart ; where then is the difference ? On my word Sophia, I see none ; but that's...
Seite 12 - For some time these menaces rang in my ears, and I went on my way with speed. I arrived at the meadow, but the cattle had broken the fence and escaped. It was my duty to carry home the earliest tidings of this accident, but the first suggestion was to examine the cause and manner of this escape. The field was bounded by cedar railing. Five of these rails were laid horizontally from post to post. The upper one had been broken in the middle, but the rest had merely been drawn out of the holes on one...
Seite 137 - G5 • shelves, and it was placed beneath several others, in a situation far from being obvious and forward to the eye or the hand. Was it an oversight in him to leave it in my way, or could he have intended to lead my curiosity and knowledge a little farther onward by this accidental disclosure...
Seite 111 - The attachment and obedience of this being will be chiefly evident in one thing. Its duty will consist in conforming, in every instance, to your will. All the powers of this being are to be devoted to your happiness ; but there is one relation between you, which enables you to confer, while exacting, pleasure. This relation is sexual. Your slave is a woman ; and the bond, which transfers her property and person to you, is.. ..marriage.
Seite 79 - I painted, in vivid hues, the scenes with which I was daily conversant, and pursued, fearlessly, every speculation on religion and government that occurred. This spirit was encouraged by Ludloe, who failed not to comment on my narrative, and, multiply deductions from my principles. He taught me to ascribe the evils that infest society to the errors of opinion. The absurd and unequal distribution of power and property gave birth to poverty and riches, and these were the sources of luxury and crimes.
Seite 43 - One supposition only could be adopted, which was, that the strain was not uttered by human organs. That the songster was stationed on the roof of the arbour, and having finished his melody had risen into the viewless fields of air. I had been invited to spend a week at this house : this period was nearly expired when I received information that my aunt was suddenly taken sick, and that her life was in imminent danger.

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