The Caxtons: A Family Picture

J. B. Lippincott & Company, 1860

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Side 185 - Like leaves on trees the race of man is found, Now green in youth, now withering on the ground ; Another race the following spring supplies; They fall successive, and successive rise : So generations in their course decay; So flourish these, when those are pass'd away.
Side 31 - I have narrated, he gave me one far exceeding in value those usually bestowed on children, — it was a beautiful large domino-box in cut ivory, painted and gilt. This domino-box was my delight. I was never weary of playing at dominoes with Mrs. Primmins, and I slept with the box under my pillow. "Ah...
Side 29 - Mrs. Primmins was dreadfully afraid of my father — why, I know not, except that very talkative social persons are usually afraid of very silent, shy ones. She cast a hasty glance at her master, who was beginning to evince signs of attention, and cried promptly, " No, ma'am, it was not the dear boy...
Side 44 - A more lying, round-about, puzzleheaded delusion than that by which we confuse the clear instincts of truth in our accursed system of spelling was never concocted by the father of falsehood.
Side 30 - you have done wrong: you shall repair it by remembering all your life that your father blessed God for giving him a son who spoke truth in spite of fear! Oh, Mrs. Primmins, the next fable of this kind you try to teach him, and we part for ever!
Side 34 - said my father; 'you would give that. Well, my boy, whenever you do grow tired of your box, you have my leave to sell it.
Side 33 - My father stopped at a nursery gardener's, and, after looking over the flowers, paused before a large double geranium. "Ah, this is finer than that which your mamma was so fond of. What is the cost, sir ? " "Only 7s. 6d.," said the gardener. My father buttoned up his pocket. "I can't afford it to-day," said he, gently, and we walked out.
Side 26 - I am sure of it," said my father, " at least as sure as a poor mortal can be of anything. I agree with HelveI. —3 tins, the child should be educated from its birth ; but how ? — there is the rub : send him to school forthwith ! Certainly, he is at school already with the two great teachers, Nature and Love. Observe, that childhood and genius have the same master-organ in common — inquisitiveness.
Side 59 - I laugh at all only secure lest my suit go amiss, my ships perish, corn and cattle miscarry, trade decay, I have no wife nor children good or bad to provide for.
Side 33 - For truth, that blooms all the year round, is better than a poor geranium ; and a word that is never broken is better than a piece of delf." My head, which had drooped before, rose again ; but the rush of joy at my heart almost stifled me. "I have called to pay your little bill...

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