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attemare when he was abroad, to meet him at dinner. After dinner Mr. Adams asked him to perform a little feat to show his magic powers. Vattemare declined, while Mr. Adams brushed a fly out of his ear. The fly became more troublesome and would not be driven away. At last Mr. Adams bowed his thanks for the magician's compliance. He had sent the fly. In 1849 he did not look over thirty-five, yet he was past maturity in 1830, when he paid Sir Walter Scott a visit and accompanied him and Miss Edgeworth on their tour of the Scottish lakes. During this visit Vattemare obtained, as he and Sir Walter stood waiting for the stage to pass on which Mr. Vattemare was to leave Abbotsford, a piece of poetry, written on the gate-post by the poet, in which Sir Walter spoke in the character of sheriff of the county reading the riot act to all the characters the wizard had personated before him. Fac-similes of the album were published and are now much valued in Paris. Early in January a debate aros
women; when Devereux and The Disowned were placed behind the other books on the shelves of the library, as unfit for the eyes of ladies; when George Sand and Paul de Kock were named with bated breath, and the young people knew them not; when Miss Austen's correct ladies and gentlemen walked serenely across the literary stage and looked their approval of their equally prudent audience; when Lady Delacour's duel with Harriet Freke was considered an incident to be deprecated while reading Miss Edgeworth's novels, and Lady Audley's secret was held in reserve and not to be confided lightly to the young; when we still argued hotly over the relative merits of Di. Vernon and Belinda; when some old-fashioned girls wept over Thaddeus of Warsaw, and there were even some who yet gazed lovingly at Amanda Fitz-Allen's tearful fainting form as it was borne off from Lord Mortimer--Frederika Bremer's Neighbors gave us our first glimpse of Swedish everyday life. Petraa's nose was a matter of widespre
oduction to Buckle's History of civilization. We read this together, and he seemed to greatly enjoy the stately fragment. Novels were to him only a means of driving out thoughts of more serious things. For many years he did not read them at all, and preferred essays, history, biography, or governmental treatises; though he remembered with astonishing clearness Walter Scott's poems and novels, Cooper's novels, The children of the Abbey, The Scottish Chiefs, Theodore Hook's, and even Miss Edgeworth's books. There was one sporting novel, which came out in short instalments in the old Spirit of the Times, called The Handley cross Hounds, in which he took great delight, and so frequently quoted from it that his brother declared he would cease to take the paper if the story was continued. One special jest in it was Jorax's statement that he called his horse Zerxes and his little groom's horse Arterzerxes, ‘cause Bengy rode arter him. His love for poetry was continuous throughout
glasses. Tel-a-mo′nes. (Architecture.) Male figures serving as columns or pilasters. Somewhat similar are Atlantes, Persians, Caryatides, etc. Tel′e-graph. In a general sense, the word telegraph includes all modes of communicating intelligence to a distance. The modes may be classified as, — 1. Visible. 2. Audible. 3. Tangible. 1. Of the first are:— a. Semaphores; moving or posturing arms (Chappe's; Pasley's; Popham's). b. Arrangement of disks, triangles (Edgeworth's), lanterns, arbitrary characters (Hook's). c. Waving flags or torches (Polybius) by day or night. d. Various flags disposed on signal halyards (Marine Code). e. Colored lights. f. Rockets varying in number or variety. g. Intermittent flashes of light, from a mirror (heliotrope), or a lantern. h. Puffs of smoke, according to a code. i. A moving pointer acting by electric impulse (Wheatstone and Cooke's telegraph). j. An adjustable column of liquid (Percival's hy
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 7: study in a law office.—Visit to Washington.—January, 1854, to September, 1834.—Age, 23. (search)
his room, so he called it, where he introduced me to Mrs. Kent, and showed me his library with a good deal of particularity; pointed out the Waverley Novels, Miss Edgeworth's, &c., and long rows of the reviews bound; also a very large collection of pamphlets, making ninety-five volumes, which he had collected since he was a youngl dry reading,—Hume, Sallust, &c. Novels, indeed, are delightful. They are the sources of exhilaration and pleasure; and especially those of Walter Scott and Miss Edgeworth often contain much instruction, either by furnishing sketches of historical characters, or of an age, or of a remarkable event, which are thus imprinted on the attentive mind with the vividness of a picture, or by illustrating and enforcing some beautiful moral truth. Miss Edgeworth's Helen, which I have just read, is worth a score of dull sermons on this account. With what point and skill has she shown the miserable consequences of the slightest departure from truth! But notwithsta
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, V. James Fenimore Cooper (search)
mented, besieged in forts, captured by Indians, but the same monotony prevails. So far as the real interest of Cooper's story goes, it might usually be destitute of a single female, that sex appearing chiefly as a bundle of dry goods to be transported, or as a fainting appendage to the skirmish. The author might as well have written the romance of an express parcel. His long introductions he shared with the other novelists of the day, or at least with Scott, for both Miss Austen and Miss Edgeworth are more modern in this respect and strike more promptly into the tale. His loose-jointed plots are also shared with Scott, but Cooper knows as surely as his rival how to hold the reader's attention when once grasped. Like Scott's, too, is his fearlessness in giving details, instead of the vague generalizations which were then in fashion, and to which his academical critics would have confined him. He is indeed already vindicated in some respects by the advance of the art he pursued; w
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Short studies of American authors, Helen Jackson. ( H. H. ) (search)
s. There has been something quite dramatic in the skill with which the puzzle has been kept alive by the appearance of imaginary claimants — if imaginary they be — to the honor of this authorship: now a maiden lady in the interior of New York; now a modest young girl whose only voucher, Celia Burleigh, died without revealing her name. I do not know whether any of these claimants took the pains to write out whole stories in manuscript,--as an Irish pretender copied out whole chapters of Miss Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent, with corrections and erasures, --but it is well known that the editors of Scribner's Monthly were approached by some one who professed to have dropped the Saxe Holm stories in the street, and demanded that they should be restored to him. He was suppressed by the simple expedient of inviting him to bring in some specimens of his own poetry, that it might be compared with that of Draxy Miller; but the modest young girls and the apocryphal rural contributors were less ea
Margaret Fuller, Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli (ed. W. H. Channing), chapter 1 (search)
, and when they worshipped nature, not as high-dressed and pampered, but as just risen from the bath. Cambridge, May 14, 1826.—I am studying Madame de Stael, Epictetus, Milton, Racine, and Castilian ballads, with great delight. There's an assemblage for you. Now tell me, had you rather be the brilliant De Stael or the useful Edgeworth——though De Stael is useful too, but it is on the grand scale, on liberalizing, regenerating principles, and has not the immediate practical success that Edgeworth has. I met with a parallel the other day between Byron and Rousseau, and had a mind to send it to you, it was so excellent. Cambridge, Jan. 10, 1827.—As to my studies, I am engrossed in reading the elder Italian poets, beginning with Berni, from whom I shall proceed to Pulci and Politian. I read very critically. Miss Francis Lydia Maria Child. and I think of reading Locke, as introductory to a course of English metaphysics, and then De Stael on Locke's system. Allow me to intro
Margaret Fuller, Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli (ed. W. H. Channing), chapter 3 (search)
iend, Mrs. Farrar. How animating this intercourse then was to her, appears from her journals. Miss Martineau received me so kindly as to banish all embarrassment at once. * * We had some talk about Carlyleism, and I was not quite satisfied with the ground she took, but there was no opportunity for full discussion. * * I wished to give myself wholly up to receive an impression of her. * * What shrewdness in detecting various shades of character! Yet, what she said of Hannah More and Miss Edgeworth, grated upon my feelings. * * Again, later:— I cannot conceive how we chanced upon the subject of our conversation, but never shall I forget what she said. It has bound me to her. In that hour, most unexpectedly to me, we passed the barrier that separates acquaintance from friendship, and I saw how greatly her heart is to be valued. And again:— We sat together close to the pulpit I was deeply moved by Mr.——'s manner of praying for our friends, and I put up this prayer for
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 23. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Joseph Jones, M. D., Ll.D. (search)
am dying, Egypt, dying; Death of its author, 82. Index, London, cited, 202. Invasion of Pennsylvania, 63. Jackson's Soubriquet of Stonewall, 112. Jackson, his dread of intoxicants, 333. James, G P. R, 318. Johnson Publishing Co., B. F., 1. Johnson, General Bradley T. Oration in dedicating the Confederate Museum at Richmond, 364. Johnson's Island Prisoners; plan to rescue them, 283. Johnson, Major L J., death of, 172. Johnson, Zack, killed, 106. Jones, has. Edgeworth, 335. Jones, Dr., Joseph, tribute to, 382. Jones, D. D., Rev. J. Wm., 342. Journal, Farmville, Va., cited, 94. Kernstown, battle of, 130. Kirkland's N. C. Brigade in 1864-1864, 165 Lamb, Colonel John C., killed, 191. Landry, Captain R., Prosper, 202. Last Battle of the War, 38. Lee Camp, No. 1, C. V. The beneficence and influence of, 337. Lee rangers. Roster and service of, 290. Lee, General R. E. His kindness and gentleness, 206; appearance in 1861, 297; bi
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