American Notes for General Circulation

D. Appleton, 1868 - 104 páginas

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Lovely Westvaco edition, with period illustrations by Bartlett. Leer comentario completo

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This marvellous travelogue is Dickens's account of his first visit to the United States from January to June 1842, and the inspiration for the American episode in Martin Chuzzlewit, which otherwise ... Leer comentario completo

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Página 89 - Presently we came to the beginning of the village, and alighting at the door of a house where the Shaker manufactures are sold, and which is the head-quarters of the elders, requested permission to see the Shaker worship. Pending the conveyance of this request to some person in authority, we walked into a grim room, where several grim hats were hanging on grim pegs, and the time was grimly told by a grim clock...
Página 18 - The poor child had sat in mute amazement, and patiently imitated everything her teacher did; but now the truth began to flash upon her : her intellect began to work: she perceived that here was a way by which she could herself make up a sign of anything that was in her own mind, and show it to another mind...
Página 83 - It was not until I came on Table Rock and looked - great heaven, on what a fall of bright green water! - that it came upon me in its full might and majesty. Then, when I felt how near to my Creator I was standing - the first effect, and the enduring one - instant and lasting - of the tremendous spectacle was peace - peace of mind - tranquillity - calm recollection of the dead - great thoughts of eternal rest and happiness: nothing of gloom or terror.
Página 19 - ... a twining of arms, a grasping of hands, and a swift telegraphing upon the tiny fingers ; whose rapid evolutions convey the thoughts and feelings from the outposts of one mind to those of the other. There are questions and answers, exchanges of joy or sorrow, there are kissings and partings, just as between little children with all their senses.
Página 39 - What are the fifty newspapers, which those precocious urchins are bawling down the street, and which are kept filed within, what are they but amusements? Not vapid waterish amusements, but good strong stuff; dealing in round abuse and blackguard names; pulling off the roofs of private houses, as the Halting Devil did in Spain...
Página 20 - Laura accompanied her mother to the door, clinging close to her all the way, until they arrived at the threshold, where she paused, and felt around, to ascertain who was near her.
Página 72 - At the junction of the two rivers, on ground so flat and low and marshy that at certain seasons of the year it is inundated to the house-tops, lies a breeding-place of fever, ague, and death; vaunted in England as a mine of Golden Hope, and speculated in, on the faith of monstrous representations, to many people's ruin.
Página 73 - At last there were the lights of St. Louis, and here was the wharf, and those were the steps: and the little woman, covering her face with her hands, and laughing (or seeming to laugh) more than ever, ran into her own cabin, and shut herself up. I have no doubt that, in the charming inconsistency of such excitement, she stopped her ears, lest she should hear "Him" asking for her: but I did not see her do it.
Página 101 - Is it not a very disgraceful circumstance that such a man as So-and-so should be acquiring a large property by the most infamous and odious means, and notwithstanding all the crimes of which he has been guilty, should be tolerated and abetted by your Citizens? He is a public nuisance, is he not?
Página 19 - She sometimes purposely spells a word wrong with the left hand, looks roguish for a moment and laughs, and then with the right hand strikes the left, as if to correct it.

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