The Modern British Drama: Comedies

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William Miller, 1811
 

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Page 543 - You must not be so talkative, Diggory. You must be all attention to the guests. You must hear us talk, and not think of talking...
Page 543 - Diggory, you are too talkative. — Then, if I happen to say a good thing, or tell a good story at table, you must not all burst out a-laughing, as if you made part of the company.
Page 547 - Not at all, Sir ; there is nothing I like so much as grave conversation myself; I could hear it for ever. Indeed I have often been surprised how a man of sentiment could ever admire those light airy pleasures, where nothing reaches the heart.
Page 545 - Which might consist of about five thousand men, well appointed with stores, ammunition, and other implements of war. Now, says the Duke of Marlborough to George Brooks, that stood next to him — you must have heard of George Brooks— I'll pawn my dukedom, says he, but I take that garrison without spilling a drop of blood.
Page 542 - I believe they may. They look woundily like Frenchmen. Tony. Then desire them to step this way, and I'll set them right in a twinkling. [Exit Landlord] Gentlemen, as they may'nt be good enough company for you, step down for a moment, and I'll be with you in the squeezing of a lemon.
Page 539 - Ay, your times were fine times, indeed; you have been telling us of them for many a long year. Here we live in an old rumbling mansion, that looks for all the world like an inn, but that we never see company. Our best visitors are old Mrs. Oddfish, the curate's wife, and little Cripplegate, the lame dancing-master; and all our entertainment your old stories of Prince Eugene and the Duke of Marlborough. I hate such old-fashioned trumpery. Hard. And I love it. I love everything that's old: old friends,...
Page 556 - I'm sure I should be sorry [pretending to cry] if he left the family upon my account.
Page 547 - Bravo, bravo. Never spoke so well in your whole life. Well, Miss Hardcastle, I see that you and Mr. Marlow are going to be very good company. I believe our being here will but embarrass the interview. MARLOW Not in the least, Mr. Hastings. We like your company of all things. (To him.) Zounds!
Page 543 - I'm sure it canna be mine. Hard. You numskulls! and so while, like your betters, you are quarrelling for places, the guests must be starved. O, you dunces! I find I must begin all over again. — But don't I hear a coach drive into the yard?. TO your posts, you blockheads! Ill go in the meantime and give my old friend's son a hearty reception at the gate.
Page 543 - Ould Grouse in the gun-room: I can't help laughing at that - he! he! he! - for the soul of me. We have laughed at that these twenty years - ha! ha! ha!

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