Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
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William Makepeace Thackeray

Vanity Fair

Anastasiya Soboleva
Anastasiya Sobolevaje citiralaпре 4 године
dreary and ludicrous,
malenekruhl
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The observant reader, who has marked our young Lieutenant’s previous behaviour, and has preserved our report of the brief conversation which he has just had with Captain Dobbin, has possibly come to certain conclusions regarding the character of Mr. Osborne. Some cynical Frenchman has said that there are two parties to a love-transaction: the one who loves and the other who condescends to be so treated. Perhaps the love is occasionally on the man’s side; perhaps on the lady’s. Perhaps some infatuated swain has ere this mistaken insensibility for modesty, dulness for maiden reserve, mere vacuity for sweet bashfulness, and a goose, in a word, for a swan. Perhaps some beloved female subscriber has arrayed an ass in the splendour and glory of her imagination; admired his dulness as manly simplicity; worshipped his selfishness as manly superiority; treated his stupidity as majestic gravity, and used him as the brilliant fairy Titania did a certain weaver at Athens. I think I have seen such comedies of errors going on in the world. But this is certain, that Amelia believed her lover to be one of the most gallant and brilliant men in the empire: and it is possible Lieutenant Osborne thought so too
Владислав Алешов
Владислав Алешовje citiraoпре 3 месеца
light-fingered folk
Oksana Dreamer
Oksana Dreamerje citiraoпре 3 месеца
While the present century was in its teens, a
Olya  Shapovalenko
Olya Shapovalenkoje citiralaпре 7 месеци
Be shy of loving frankly; never tell all you feel, or (a better way still), feel very little. See the consequences of being prematurely honest and confiding, and mistrust yourselves and everybody. Get yourselves married as they do in France, where the lawyers are the bridesmaids and confidantes.
Olya  Shapovalenko
Olya Shapovalenkoje citiralaпре 7 месеци
If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be
Olya  Shapovalenko
Olya Shapovalenkoje citiralaпре 7 месеци
Perhaps some beloved female subscriber has arrayed an ass in the splendour and glory of her imagination; admired his dulness as manly simplicity; worshipped his selfishness as manly superiority; treated his stupidity as majestic gravity, and used him as the brilliant fairy Titania did a certain weaver at Athens
Olya  Shapovalenko
Olya Shapovalenkoje citiralaпре 8 месеци
I am alone in the world,” said the friendless girl. “I have nothing to look for but what my own labour can bring me;
Olya  Shapovalenko
Olya Shapovalenkoje citiralaпре 9 месеци
Are not there little chapters in everybody’s life, that seem to be nothing, and yet affect all the rest of the history?
Olya  Shapovalenko
Olya Shapovalenkoje citiralaпре 9 месеци
if teachers would cease to bully them; if parents would not insist upon directing their thoughts, and dominating their feelings—those feelings and thoughts which are a mystery to all (for how much do you and I know of each other, of our children, of our fathers, of our neighbour, and how far more beautiful and sacred are the thoughts of the poor lad or girl whom you govern likely to be, than those of the dull and world-corrupted person who rules him
Alexandra Skitiova
Alexandra Skitiovaje citiralaпрошле године
For, you see, we have adroitly shut the door upon the meeting between Jos and the old father and the poor little gentle sister inside. The old man was very much affected; so, of course, was his daughter; nor was Jos without feeling.
Alexandra Skitiova
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What do men know about women’s martyrdoms? We should go mad had we to endure the hundredth part of those daily pains which are meekly borne by many women. Ceaseless slavery meeting with no reward; constant gentleness and kindness met by cruelty as constant; love, labour, patience, watchfulness, without even so much as the acknowledgement of a good word; all this, how many of them have to bear in quiet, and appear abroad with cheerful faces as if they felt nothing.
Alexandra Skitiova
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Mr. Sergeant Toffy’s lady felt no particular gratitude, when, with a twist of his elbow, he tilted a glass of port-wine over her yellow satin and laughed at the disaster; nor was she better pleased, although old Osborne was highly delighted, when Georgy “whopped” her third boy (a young gentleman a year older than Georgy
Alexandra Skitiova
Alexandra Skitiovaje citiralaпрошле године
They talked in English, not in bad French, as they do in the novels. They talked about each others’ houses, and characters, and families—just as the Joneses do about the Smiths.
Alexandra Skitiova
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the fathers and elder sons of all great families hate each other. The Crown Prince is always in opposition to the crown or hankering after it. Shakespeare knew the world, my good sir, and when he describes Prince Hal (from whose family the Gaunts pretend to be descended, though they are no more related to John of Gaunt than you are) trying on his father’s coronet, he gives you a natural description of all heirs apparent. If you were heir to a dukedom and a thousand pounds a day, do you mean to say you would not wish for possession?
Alexandra Skitiova
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“Such a little fish as me can swim in any bucket,” he used to remark
Alexandra Skitiova
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Thriftless gives, not from a beneficent pleasure in giving, but from a lazy delight in spending. He would not deny himself one enjoyment; not his opera-stall, not his horse, not his dinner, not even the pleasure of giving Lazarus the five pounds. Thrifty, who is good, wise, just, and owes no man a penny, turns from a beggar, haggles with a hackney-coachman, or denies a poor relation, and I doubt which is the most selfish of the two.
Alexandra Skitiova
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So these two were each exemplifying the Vanity of this life, and each longing for what he or she could not get.
helleena
helleenaje citiralaпре 2 године
Those who will may follow his remains to the grave, whither they were borne on the appointed day, in the most becoming manner, the family in black coaches, with their handkerchiefs up to their noses, ready for the tears which did not come; the undertaker and his gentlemen in deep tribulation; the select tenantry mourning out of compliment to the new landlord; the neighbouring gentry's carriages at three miles an hour, empty, and in profound affliction; the parson speaking out the formula about "our dear brother departed." As long as we have a man's body, we play our Vanities upon it, surrounding it with humbug and ceremonies, laying it in state, and packing it up in gilt nails and velvet; and we finish our duty by placing over it a stone, written all over with lies.
Naty Naty
Naty Natyje citiralaпре 2 године
ing the wardrobe drawers to and fro. Enterprising young housekeepers are measuring the looking-glasses and hangings to see if they will suit the new menage (Snob will brag for years that he has purchased this or that at Divess sale), and Mr. Hammerdown is sitting on the great mahogany dining-tables, in the dining-room below, waving the ivory hammer, and employing all the artifices of eloquence, enthusiasm, entreaty, reason, despair; shouting to his people; satirizing Mr. Davids for his sluggishness; inspiriting Mr. Moss into action; imploring, comman
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