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THE

MISCELLANEOUS WORKS

OP

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, M.B.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED

SOME ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE AND WRITINGS.

A NEW EDITION, COMPLETE IN ONE VOLUME

EDINBURGH:
PRINTED FOR THOMAS NELSON.

1837.

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CONTENTS.

THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD.

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sist the power of long and pleasing

temptation

XVIII. The pursuit of a father to reclaim

a lost child to virtue

XIX. The description of a person discon.

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tented with the present government,
and apprehensive of the loss of our

liberties
4 XX. The history of a philosophic vaga-

bond, pursuing novelty, but losing

content

XXI. The short continuance of friendship

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among the vicious, which is coeval

only with mutual satisfaction

XXII. Offences are easily pardoned wbere

there is love at bottom

8 XXIII. None but the guilty can be long

and completely miserable

XXIV. Fresh calamities

9 XXV. No situation, however wretched

it seems, but has some sort of

comfort attending it
XXVI. A reformation in the gaol. To
IL make laws complete they should

reward as well as punish
XXVII. The same subject continued
13 XXVIII. Happiness and misery rather

the result of prudence than of vir-

tue in this life; temporal evils or
15 felicities being regarded by Heaven

as things merely in themselves trif-
ling and unwortby its care in the

distribution
17 xxix. The equal dealing of Provi-

dence demonstrated with regard to
the happy and the miserable here be-
low. That from the nature of plea-
sure and pain, the wretched must be

repaid the balance of their sufferings
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in the life hereafter
XXX. Happier prospects begin to appear.

Let us be inflexible, and fortune
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will at last change in our favour
XXXI. Former benevolence now repaid

with unexpected interest
23 XXXIL The conclusion

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CHAP.

I. The description of the family of Wake-

field, in which a kindred likeness

prevails, as well of minds as of

persons

II Family misfortunes. The loss of for-

tune only serves to increase the

pride of the worthy

III. A migration. The fortunate circum-

stances of our lives are generally

found at last to be of our own pro-

curing

IV. A proof that even the humblest for-

tune may grant happiness, which

depends not on circumstances but

constitution

V. A new and great acquaintance intro-

duced. What we place most hopes

upon generally proves most fatal

VL The bappiness of a country fireside

VII. A town wit described. The dullest

fellows may learn to be comical for

a night or two

VIII An amour, which promises little

good fortune, yet may be produc-

tive of much

IX. Two ladies of great distinction intro-

duced. Superior finery ever seems

to confer superior breeding.

X. The family endeavour to cope with

their betters. The miseries of the

poor when they attempt to appear

above their circumstances

XI. The family still resolve to hold up

their beads

XII. Fortune seems resolved to humble

the family of Wakefield. Morti-

fications are often more painful

than real calamities

XIII Mr Burchell is found to be an

enemy, for he has the confidence to

give disagreeable advice

XIV. Fresh mortification, or a demon-

stration that seeming calamities

may be real blessings

XV. All'WIr Burchell's villany at once

detected. The folly of being over-

wise

XVI. The family use art, which is op-

posed with stijl greater

XVII, Scarcely any virtue found to re-

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