The Hall and the Hamlet: Or, Scenes and Characters of Country Life, Volumen2

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H. Colburn, 1848 - 380 páginas

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Página 104 - The man of wealth and pride Takes up a space that many poor supplied; Space for his lake, his park's extended bounds, Space for his horses, equipage, and hounds: The robe that wraps his limbs in silken sloth Has robbed the neighbouring fields of half their growth; His seat, where solitary sports are seen, Indignant spurns the cottage from the green...
Página 273 - English peasant is gay, at ease, well fed and clothed, what cares he how many pheasants are in a wood, or ricks in a farmer's yard ? When he has a dozen backs to clothe, and a dozen mouths to feed, and nothing to put on the one, and little to put in the other, then that which seemed a mere playful puppy suddenly starts up a snarling, red-eyed monster. How sullen he grows ! with what equal indifference he shoots down pheasants or gamekeepers. How the man who so recently held up his head and laughed...
Página 275 - Farm-houses are dangerous places. As you are thinking only of sheep, or of curds, you may be suddenly shot through by a pair of bright eyes, and melted away in a bewitching smile that you never dreamt of till the mischief was done. In towns, and theatres, and thronged assemblies of the rich and the titled fair, you are on your guard; you know what you are exposed to, and put on your breast-plates, and pass through the most deadly onslaught of beauty — safe and sound.
Página 273 - English peasant is gay, at ease, well fed, and well clothed, what cares he how many pheasants are in a wood, or ricks in a farmer's yard ? When he has a dozen backs to clothe, and a dozen mouths to feed, and nothing to put on the one, and little to put in the other, — then that which seemed a mere playful puppy suddenly starts up a snarling, red-eyed monster ! How sullen he grows ! With what equal indifference he...
Página 200 - ... one gone mad with a brain fever ! ' There seemed to have fallen ten thousand millstones on my heart. I tried to run, but I couldn't. I was as cold as ice. I was as fast rooted to the ground as a tree. There was another shriek more piercing than before — and I was off like an arrow from a bow — I was loose then. I was all on fire. I ran like a madman till I came within sight of th...
Página 172 - Hadn't he attended first-day, week-day, preparative, monthly, quarterly, and sometimes yearly meetings too, all his life? Had not he regularly and handsomely subscribed to the monthly, and the national, and the Ackworth School Stocks? Had he not been on all sorts of appointments ; to visit new members, new comers into the meeting ; to warn disorderly walkers ; nay, had he not sate even on committees in London at yearly meetings? Had he not received and travelled with ministers when they came on religious...
Página 273 - ... and their gowns all over spangles, and at all the wit, and grimaces and summersets of harlequin and clown. They shall have a merry dinner, and a dance, like a dance of elephants and hippopotami, and then— " To-morrow to fresh fields and pastures new." And these are the men that become sullen and desperate: that become poachers and incendiaries. How, and why ? It is not plenty and kind words that make them so. What then ? What makes the wolves herd together, and descend from the Alps and the...
Página 205 - We cannot say that the proverb has held good in this case. The defendant has proved himself no fool. Never in my life have I listened to the pleadings of an opponent with deeper anxiety. Nature and the awful chances of life have made the defendant in this case more than eloquent. For a moment I actually trembled for the cause of my client, — but it was for a moment only. I should have been something less than human if I had not, like every...
Página 188 - Johnny ordered himself to be again hoisted into his cart, and rode home in great glory, boasting that he had knocked all the wind out of the parson, and if he got enough again to preach his sermon on Sunday, it would be all. It was only on such occasions as these that Johnny Darbyshire ever appeared under the church roof. Once, on the occasion of the funeral of an old neighbour, which, for a wonder, he attended, he presented himself there, but with as little satisfaction to the clergyman, and less...
Página 287 - Nancy's father farms his two hundred acres, and yet there's a slovenly look about his premises ; and Nancy has grown up pretty much as she pleased. As a girl, she romped and climbed, and played with the lads of the village. She swung on gates, and rode on donkies. When ten or twelve years old, she would ride bareback, and astride, with a horse to water, or to the blacksmith's shop. She thrashed the dogs, fetched in the eggs, suckled the calves, and then mounted on the wall of the garden, with her...

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