The diary of a désennuyée [by C.G.F. Gore].


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Página 186 - One moment now may give us more Than years of toiling reason: Our minds shall drink at every pore The spirit of the season. Some silent laws our hearts will make, Which they shall long obey: We for the year to come may take Our temper from to-day.
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Página 102 - Diary" would attempt to deny the statements of Mr. Bulwer; but, in the very denial, she admits all his points but one — to wit, that they are not so well received by the aristocracy in England as they are in France. She says — " What does Henry Bulwer mean by the assertion that literary men are more eagerly welcomed in society here than in England ? " They occupy, perhaps, a more independent and honourable position, are less exposed to being...

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