The Story of Nell Gwyn: And the Sayings of Charles the Second

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Bradbury & Evans, 1852 - 212 էջ
 

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Էջ 94 - Here lies our Sovereign Lord the King, Whose word no man relies on ; Who never said a foolish thing, And never did a wise one.
Էջ 80 - The Duke of Buckingham gave me once a short but severe character of the two brothers. It was the more severe, because it was true : the king, (he said,) could see things if he would : and the duke would see things if he could.
Էջ 171 - Where the king took displeasure, she would mitigate and appease his mind ; where men were out of favour, she would bring them in his grace...
Էջ 114 - ... she amasses treasure, and makes herself feared and respected by as many as she can. But she did not foresee that she should find a young actress in her way, whom the king dotes on ; and she has it not in her power to withdraw him from her.
Էջ 32 - Knipp took us all in. and brought to us Nelly, a most pretty woman, who acted the great part of 'Coelia' to-day very fine, and did it pretty well; I kissed her. and so did my wife, and a mighty pretty soul she is.
Էջ 145 - I can never forget the inexpressible luxury and profaneness, gaming, and all dissoluteness, and as it were total forgetfulness of God, (it being Sunday evening,) which this day se'nnight I was witness of, the King sitting and toying with his concubines, Portsmouth, Cleveland...
Էջ 55 - Couple,' which is but an ordinary play ; but only Nell's and Hart's mad parts are most excellent done, but especially hers : which makes it a miracle to me to think how ill she do any serious part, as, the other day, just like a fool or changeling ; and, in a mad part, do beyond all imitation almost. It pleased us mightily to see the natural affection of a poor woman, the mother of one of the children brought on the stage ; the child crying, she by force got upon the stage, and took up her child,...
Էջ 69 - Think him not duller for this year's delay; He was prepared, the women were away; And men, without their parts, can hardly play. If they, through sickness, seldom did appear, Pity the virgins of each theatre: For at both houses 'twas a sickly year! And pity us, your servants, to whose cost, In one such sickness, nine whole months are lost.
Էջ 188 - And yet, this fine creature was not handsome, her mouth opening most on the right side, which she strove to draw the other way, and at times, composing her face, as if sitting to have her picture drawn.
Էջ 69 - I am as free as nature first made man, Ere the base laws of servitude began, When wild in woods the noble savage ran.

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