American Lady's Preceptor: A Compilation of Observations, Essays, and Political Effusions

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Coale, 1811 - Women - 300 pages
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Page 135 - I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished for ever.
Page 240 - The kindest and the happiest p"air Will find occasion to forbear; And something, every day they live, To pity, and perhaps forgive.
Page 135 - ... generous loyalty to rank and sex, that proud submission, that dignified obedience, that subordination of the heart, which kept alive, even in servitude itself, the spirit of an exalted freedom. The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise is gone ! It is gone, that sensibility of principle, that chastity of honour, which felt a stain like a wound, which inspired courage whilst it mitigated ferocity, which ennobled whatever it touched,...
Page 241 - • AND wherefore do the Poor complain ? " The Rich Man asked of me : " Come walk abroad with me," I said, " And I will answer thee." 'Twas evening, and the frozen streets Were cheerless to behold ; And we were wrapt and coated well, And yet we were a-cold. We met an old, bareheaded man ; His locks were thin and white : I asked him what he did abroad In that cold winter's night.
Page 56 - ... *I here introduce a fact,' he remarks,' which has been suggested to me by my profession, and that is, that the exercise of the organs of the breast by singing contributes very much to defend them from those diseases to which the climate and other causes expose them.
Page 135 - ... the age of chivalry is gone! that of sophisters, economists and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished for ever! !Never, never more shall we behold that generous loyalty to rank and sex, that proud submission, that dignified obedience, that subordination of the heart which kept alive, even in servitude itself, the spirit of an exalted freedom.
Page 29 - Be even cautious in displaying your good sense. It will be thought you assume a superiority over the rest of the company.— But if you happen to have any learning, keep it a profound secret, especially from the men, who generally look with a jealous and malignant eye on a woman of great parts and a cultivated understanding.
Page 46 - ... more liable in general to err than man, but in general, also, more virtuous, and performing more good...
Page 111 - ... for her advancement: From a private gentlewoman, she said, he had first made her a marchioness, then a queen, and now, since he could raise her no higher in this world, he was sending her to be a saint in heaven. She then renewed the protestations of her innocence, and recommended her daughter to his care. Before the lieutenant of the Tower, and all who approached her, she made the like declarations ; and continued to behave herself with her usual serenity, and even with cheerfulness. "The executioner...
Page 46 - I never addressed myself in the language of decency and friendship, without receiving a decent and friendly answer. With man it has often been otherwise.

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