Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay, 1. köide

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H. Colburn, 1842 - 401 pages
A British novelist of the eighteenth century, her diaries and letters cover her successes as an author to life and love in France during the French Revolution (1787-1799) and the first years of Napoleon's reign .

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Page 38 - I despise nothing that is good of its sort ; but I am too proud now to eat of it. Sitting by Miss Burney makes me very proud to-day !' ' Miss Burney,' said Mrs. Thrale, laughing, ' you must take great care of your heart if Dr. Johnson attacks it ; for I assure you he is not often successless.
Page 94 - Levat, madam, is a brutal fellow, but I have a good regard for him ; for his brutality is in his manners, not his mind.
Page 42 - Sir Joshua, who began it one day when he was too much engaged to go on with it, was so much caught, that he could think of nothing else, and was quite absent all the day, not knowing a word that was said to him: and, when he took it up again, found himself so much interested in it, that he sat up all night to finish it!
Page 304 - This was their brother, a most lovely boy of ten years of age, who seems to be not merely the wonder of their family, but of the times, for his astonishing skill in drawing. They protest he has never had any instruction, yet showed us some of his productions that were really beautiful.
Page 228 - That, madam, is another wonder," answered my dear, dear Dr. Johnson, " for modesty with her is neither pretence nor decorum; 'tis an ingredient of her nature ; for she who could part with such a work for twenty pounds, could know so little of its worth, or of her own, as to leave no possible doubt of her humility.
Page 96 - Down with her, Burney ! — down with her! — spare her not ! — attack her, fight her, and down with her at once ! You are a rising wit, and she is at the top ; and when I was beginning the world, and was nothing and nobody, the joy of my life was to fire at all the established wits ! and then everybody loved to halloo me on.
Page 68 - when we came to the house, she desired me to leave her, ' for,' says she, ' I am under great restraint in your presence; but if you leave me alone with Richardson, I'll give you a very good account of him: however, I fear poor Charlotte was disappointed, for she gave me no account at all.
Page 244 - Adieu, my dear daddy, I won't be mortified, and I won't be downed, — but I will be proud to find I have, out of my own family, as well as in it, a friend who loves me well enough to speak plain truth to me.
Page 170 - Vesey is vastly agreeable, but [her fear of ceremony is really troublesome ; for her eagerness to break a circle is such, that she insists upon everybody's sitting with their backs one to another; that is, the chairs are drawn into little parties of three together, in a confused manner, all over the room.
Page 81 - When she was introduced to him, not long ago, she began singing his praise in the warmest manner, and talking of the pleasure and the instruction she had received from his writings, with the highest encomiums. For some time he heard her with that quietness which a long use of praise has given him: she then redoubled her strokes, and, as Mr. Seward calls it, peppered still more highly: till, at length, he turned suddenly to her, with a stern and angry countenance, and said, "Madam, before you flatter...