The Lounger: A Periodical Paper

A. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1787

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Página 147 - Mrs. Mushroom has forgot most of her old acquaintance in the parish, and associates only with us, and one or two more of her neighbours, who have what she calls capability ; that is, Sir, as I understand it, who will listen to all the nonsense she talks, and ape all the follies she practises. These are...
Página 42 - D3 command a view both of the company and of the stage. He had never been in our present House before, and allowed, that in size and convenience it exceeded the old one, though he would not grant so much as the Lady and I demanded on that score.
Página 12 - ... to occupy his time, nor its embarrassments to distract his thought. It is not, however, by the etiquette of a court, or the ceremonial of a drawing-room, that this virtue is to be regulated. Genuine excellence here, as every where else, springs from nature, and is to be cultivated only, not created, by artificial instruction.
Página 271 - I care not, Fortune, what you me deny : You cannot rob me of free Nature's grace ; You cannot shut the windows of the sky, Through which Aurora shows her brightening face; You cannot bar my constant feet to trace The woods and lawns, by living stream, at eve...
Página 171 - The principal danger of Novels, as forming a mistaken and pernicious system of morality, seems to me to arise from that contrast between one virtue or excellence and another, that war of duties which is to be found in many of them, particularly in that species called the Sentimental.
Página 294 - ... that he is a very Oroondates on that score ; and your Edinburgh people may be very well bred, without coming up to his standard.' — ' Nay, but,' said I, ' were I even to give Edinburgh up, it would not affect my position. Edinburgh is but a copy of a larger metropolis ; and in every copy the defect I mentioned is apt to take place; and of all qualities I know, this of fashion and good-breeding is the most delicate, the most evanescent, if I may be allowed so pedantic a phrase.
Página 262 - ... exquisite pencil every reader of taste and discernment must distinguish in the Mirror, there was not one of our club who ever published a single sentence, or in all likelihood ever would have done it, had it not been for the accidental publication of the Mirror.
Página 243 - ... the approach of evil, or encouraging the growth of error. Their very virtues, I fear, are often dangerous to form the principles, or draw the imitation of their readers. Theirs are not...
Página 162 - ... through the head. The ancients, it muft be owned, were remarkably inferior to the moderns, both in good tafte and in good manners. That refinement of tafte which manifefts itfelf by a polite contempt of all home-productions, and a generous admiration of every thing that is foreign, feems indeed to be a qualification peculiar to the moderns. A well-educated Britifh gentleman, it may be truly faid, is of no country whatever. He unites in...
Página 132 - ... me they found it very palatable. Like his taste in this instance, his other senses appear to be subject to much uncertainty. His seeing and hearing are at some times remarkably acute ; at others he seems hardly to possess those faculties at all. Like the Chacrelas, in the island of Java, his sight is generally much quicker in the night than the day-time ; and the later the hour, it appears to be the clearer and the more distinct. Like some other savages, he seems to delight in music; though his...

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