prologue


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In like manner I apprehend, some future historian (if any one shall do me the honour of imitating my manner) will, after much scratching his pate, bestow some good wishes on my memory, for having first established these several initial chapters; most of which, like modern prologues, may as properly be prefixed to any other book in this history as to that which they introduce, or indeed to any other history as to this.
He had, accordingly, hoisted himself, during the first verses of the prologue, with the aid of the pillars of the reserve gallery, to the cornice which ran round the balustrade at its lower edge; and there he had seated himself, soliciting the attention and the pity of the multitude, with his rags and a hideous sore which covered his right arm.
The silence which he preserved allowed the prologue to proceed without hindrance, and no perceptible disorder would have ensued, if ill-luck had not willed that the scholar Joannes should catch sight, from the heights of his pillar, of the mendicant and his grimaces.
The prologue stopped short, and all heads turned tumultuously towards the beggar, who, far from being disconcerted by this, saw, in this incident, a good opportunity for reaping his harvest, and who began to whine in a doleful way, half closing his eyes the while,--"Charity, please
This episode considerably distracted the attention of the audience; and a goodly number of spectators, among them Robin Poussepain, and all the clerks at their head, gayly applauded this eccentric duet, which the scholar, with his shrill voice, and the mendicant had just improvised in the middle of the prologue.
So much so, that I have asked you to write this very prologue.
It is a monstrous defect; I will cure myself of it, and do your prologue for you.
You are writing the prologue to the 'Facheux,' are you not?
Prologue to the Canterbury Tales and Minor Poems (poetry), done into Modern English by W.
13 -- A fan has created a mod for the Witcher 3 which adds a prologue of the events of the first Witcher game, recreating them in the new engine.
the prologue for the Dakar Rally 2016 in Buenos Aires when one of the
As Justin Lake notes, the historical prologue is the moment in which the author addresses the reader directly to state his purpose in writing.