Hours in a Library

New Edition, with Additions. Vol. II

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Author: Leslie Stephen
Published: 1892
Language: English
Wordcount: 114,350 / 339 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.1
LoC Category: Z
Downloads: 452
Added to site: 2009.10.26
mnybks.net#: 25646
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Non-fiction, Essays
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nplaces! That life is short, that marriages from mercenary motives produce unhappiness, that different men are virtuous in different degrees, that advice is generally ineffectual, that adversity has its uses, that fame is liable to suffer from detraction;--these and a host of other such maxims are of the kind upon which no genius and no depth of feeling can confer a momentary interest. Here and there, indeed, the pompous utterance invests them with an unlucky air of absurdity. 'Let no man from this time,' is the comment in one of his stories, 'suffer his felicity to depend on the death of his aunt.' Every actor, of course, uses the same dialect. A gay young gentleman tells us that he used to amuse his companions by giving them notice of his friends' oddities. 'Every man,' he says, 'has some habitual contortion of body, or established mode of expression, which never fails to excite mirth if it be pointed out to notice. By premonition of these particularities, I secured our pleasantry.' The feminine characters,

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