This business-like way of illustrating
a touching story of the heart by laying the several fragments of the lover before us and naming them, was as grotesque a performance, and as ghastly, as any I ever witnessed.
Sudden stabs of the unmitigated truth assailed him now and then, for he was not inclined by nature to take a rosy view of his conduct, but what with the beat of his foot upon the pavement, and the glimpse which half-drawn curtains offered him of kitchens, dining- rooms, and drawing-rooms, illustrating
with mute power different scenes from different lives, his own experience lost its sharpness.
It rambled with a kind of amiable verbosity from one heading to another, suggesting that all human beings are very much the same under their skins, illustrating
this by the resemblance of the games which little Spanish boys play to the games little boys in London streets play, observing that very small things do influence people, particularly natives; in fact, a very dear friend of Mr.
The wilder capacity of the mountains is brought out especially in a weird story of a haunted girl, an episode well illustrating
the writer's more imaginative psychological power; for, in spite of its quiet general tenour, the book has its adroitly managed elements of sensation-- witness the ghost, in which the average human susceptibility to supernatural terrors takes revenge on the sceptical Mr.
In it I enumerate a hundred and forty forms of cigar-, cigarette-, and pipe-tobacco, with colored plates illustrating
the difference in the ash.
This fact is interesting, as illustrating
the secret connection and sympathy which always exist between great minds.
I will give only one--not as a very striking case, but as likewise illustrating
one step in the separation of the sexes of plants, presently to be alluded to.