• maken233has quoted5 months ago
    Scarcely had the Abbey Bell tolled for five minutes, and already was the Church of the Capuchins thronged with Auditors. Do not encourage the idea that the Crowd was assembled either from motives of piety or thirst of information.
  • maken233has quoted5 months ago
    But very few were influenced by those reasons; and in a city where superstition reigns with such despotic sway as in Madrid, to seek for true devotion would be a fruitless attempt. The Audience now assembled in the Capuchin Church was collected by various causes, but all of them were foreign to the ostensible motive. The Women came to show themselves, the Men to see the Women: Some were attracted by curiosity to hear an Orator so celebrated; Some came because they had no better means of employing their time till the play began; Some, from being assured that it would be impossible to find places in the Church; and one half of Madrid was brought thither by expecting to meet the other half. The only persons truly anxious to hear the Preacher were a few antiquated devotees, and half a dozen rival Orators, determined to find fault with and ridicule the discourse. As to the remainder of the Audience, the Sermon might have been omitted altogether, certainly without their being disappointed, and very probably without their perceiving the omission.
  • ev201604has quoted2 years ago
    Extreme in hating and in loving;

    Abhorring all whom I dislike,
    Adoring who my fancy strike;
    In forming judgements never long,
    And for the most part judging wrong;
  • ev201604has quoted2 years ago
    And thinking in the present æra
    That friendship is a pure chimæra:
    More passionate no creature living,
    Proud, obstinate, and unforgiving,
    But yet for those who kindness show,
    Ready through fire and smoke to go.
  • ev201604has quoted2 years ago
    —Lord Angelo is precise;
    Stands at a guard with envy; scarce confesses
    That his blood flows, or that his appetite
    Is more to bread than stone.
  • ev201604has quoted2 years ago
    Antonia perceived in the midst of it a woman of extraordinary height, who whirled herself repeatedly round and round, using all sorts of extravagant gestures. Her dress was composed of shreds of various-coloured silks and linens fantastically arranged, yet not entirely without taste. Her head was covered with a kind of turban ornamented with vine-leaves and wild flowers. She seemed much sun-burnt, and her complexion was of a deep olive; her eyes looked fiery and strange; and in her hand she bore a long black rod, with which she at intervals traced a variety of singular figures upon the ground, round about which she danced in all the eccentric attitudes of folly and delirium.
  • ev201604has quoted2 years ago
    She is a gipsy, a sort of vagabond, whose sole occupation is to run about the country telling lyes, and pilfering from those who come by their money honestly
  • ev201604has quoted2 years ago
    Man was born for society. However little he may be attached to the world, he never can wholly forget it, or bear to be wholly forgotten by it.
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