Memoir of Mr. Sheridan

J. Cross, 1840 - 74 sider

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Side 70 - Can storied urn or animated bust Back to its mansion call the fleeting breath? Can Honour's voice provoke the silent dust, Or Flattery soothe the dull cold ear of death...
Side 61 - Oh, certainly not, my dear Smyth,' he said ; ' I shall never think of what you have said in it, be assured ;' and, putting his hand in his pocket, ' Here it is,' he said, offering it to me. I was glad enough to get hold of it; but looking at it as I was about to throw it into the fire, lo and behold, I saw that it had never been opened !" Such exasperating yet ludicrous incidents were now commonplaces of Sheridan's life.
Side 26 - In one of the MS. books which came to Mrs. Canning on her death were written some pathetic verses of Mrs. Sheridan's, which reveal her situation : ' When first the cruel truth I found, Nor thou thy love of change disowned, Fierce madness seized my brain ; But happier now, a milder grief, A softer thought, can give relief ; I weep and can complain.
Side 24 - She told me that nothing could be done — that he would tease and irritate Mrs. Sheridan in this manner till she was ready to dash her head against the wall, being of the same temperament of genius as her husband ; that she had seen her burst into tears and leave the room ; then the scene changed, and the wall seemed full as likely to receive his head in turn. The folly, however, Mrs. Canning said, was not merely once and away, but was too often repeated ; and Mrs. Canning used sometimes, as she...
Side 23 - but I cannot rest or think about anything but this d — d ice and this skaiting, and you must promise me that there shall be no more of » i it. ' Never was such a nonsensical person as this father of yours...
Side 40 - Pray, my good father (said he), did you ever do anything in a state of perfect indifference ; without motive, I mean, of some kind or other?' Sheridan, who saw what was coming, and by no means relished such subjects, even from Tom or any one else, said — 'Yes, certainly.' 'Indeed,' said Tom. 'Yes, indeed.' 'What! total indifference — total, entire, thorough indifference?
Side 23 - ... had to submit to. Sheridan had been paying a hurried visit to the house at Wanstead in which Tom and his tutor lived : " It was a severe frost, and had been long, when he came one evening to dine, after his usual manner, on a boiled chicken, at 7, 8, or 9 o'clock, just as it happened, and had hardly drunk his claret, and got the room filled with wax lights, without which he could not exist, when he sent for me ; and, lo and behold, the business was that he was miserable on account of Tom's being...
Side 4 - All that he had ever heard, all that he had ever read, when compared with it, dwindled into nothing, and vanished like vapour before the sun;
Side 23 - In about half an hour afterwards, as I was going to bed, I heard a violent ringing at the gate ; I was wanted ; and sure enough what should I see, glaring through the bars, and outshining the lamps of the carriage, but the fine eyes of Sheridan. ' Now do not laugh at me, Smyth...
Side 48 - Guildford business. About my own age — better me to marry her, you will say. I am not of that opinion. My father talked to me two hours last night, and made out to me that it was the most sensible thing he could do. Was not this very clever of him ? Well, my dear Mr. S., you should have been tutor to him, you see. I am incomparably the most rational of the two.

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