Affecting Scenes: Being Passages from the Diary of a Physician, Volume 2

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J. & J. Harper, 1831 - Physicians - 352 pages

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Page 3 - It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.
Page 292 - In short, herein seems to lie the difference between idiots and madmen, that madmen put wrong ideas together, and so make wrong propositions, but argue and reason right from them; but idiots make very few or no propositions, and reason scarce * at all.
Page 108 - I have utter'd : bring me to the test, And I the matter will re-word, which madness Would gambol from. Mother, for love of grace, Lay not that flattering unction to your soul, That not your trespass but my madness speaks; It will but skin and film the ulcerous place, Whiles rank corruption, mining all within, Infects unseen.
Page 119 - I saw the miller's daughter, But she smiled no more. For the summer grief had brought her, And the soldier false was he, On the banks of Allan Water, None so sad as she.
Page 216 - The ghastly visage of death thus leering through the tinselry of fashion — the" vain show" of artificial joy — was a horrible mockery of the fooleries of life ! Indeed it was a most humiliating and shocking spectacle. Poor creature!
Page 215 - Betty, and see if she wants any thing; and tell her it's half past nine o'clock," said Mrs. J . The servant accordingly went up stairs •and knocked at the bedroom-door once, twice, thrice, but received no answer. There was a dead silence, except when the wind shook the window. Could Miss J have fallen asleep ? Oh, impossible ! She knocked again, but unsuccessfully as before. She became a little flustered, and after a moment's pause opened the door and entered. There was Miss J sitting at the glass....

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