American Notes for General Circulation, Volumen2

Chapman and Hall, 1842 - 306 páginas

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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 292 - 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 ? " "Yes, Sir." "A convicted liar?" "Yes, Sir." "He has been kicked, and cuffed, and caned?" "Yes, Sir." "And he is utterly dishonourable, debased, and profligate?-' "Yes, Sir." " In the name of wonder, then, what is his merit ? " " Well, Sir, he is a smart man.
Página 178 - ... life receded from my view, and lessened in the distance, during the ten memorable days we passed on that Enchanted Ground ! What voices spoke from out the thundering water ; what faces, faded from the earth, looked out upon me from its gleaming depths ; what Heavenly promise glistened in those angels1 tears, the drops of many hues, that showered around, and twined themselves about the gorgeous arches which the changing rainbows made ! I never stirred in all that time from the Canadian side, whither...
Página 109 - 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 180 - I think in every quiet season now, still do those waters roll and leap, and roar and tumble, all day long ; still are the rainbows spanning them a hundred feet below. Still, when the sun is on them, do they shine and glow like molten gold. Still, when the day is gloomy, do they fall like snow...
Página 260 - Ran away, a negro woman and two children. A few days before she went off, I burnt her with a hot iron, on the left side of her face. I tried to make the letter M.
Página 293 - ... custom, so very prevalent in country towns, of married persons living in hotels, having no fireside of their own, and seldom meeting from early morning until late at night, but at the hasty public meals. The love of trade is a reason why the literature of America is to remain for ever unprotected : "For we are a trading people, and don't care for poetry...
Página 178 - 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 recollections of the Dead, great thoughts of Eternal Rest and Happiness : nothing of gloom or terror. Niagara was at once stamped upon my heart, an Image of Beauty ; to remain there, changeless and indelible, until its pulses cease to beat, for ever.
Página 13 - Horses pull violently, drag the coach out of the hole, and draw it up a bank ; so steep, that the black driver's legs fly up into the air, and he goes back among the luggage on the roof. But he immediately recovers himself, and cries (still to the horses), "Pill!
Página 172 - I to find fault with a funny old lady who was an upper domestic in this establishment, and who, when she came to wait upon us at any meal, sat herself down comfortably in the most convenient chair, and producing a large pin to pick her teeth with, remained performing that ceremony, and steadfastly regarding us meanwhile with much gravity and composure (now and then pressing us to eat a little more), until it was time to clear away. It was enough for us, that whatever we wished done was done with...
Página 180 - Still, when the sun is on them, do they shine and glow like molten gold. Still, when the day is gloomy, do they fall like snow, or seem to crumble away like the front of a great chalk cliff, or roll down the rock like dense white smoke. But always does the mighty stream appear to die as it comes down, and always from its unfathomable grave arises that tremendous ghost of spray and mist which is never laid : which has haunted this place with the same dread solemnity since Darkness brooded on the deep,...

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