It may also be asked whether the characters are simple, as some people are in actual life, or complex, like most interesting persons; whether they develop, as all real people must under the action of significant experience, or whether the author merely presents
them in brief situations or lacks the power to make them anything but stationary.
They invented the art of giving Christmas presents
. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication.
Having travelled some days, we were met by the King's brother, to whom, by the advice of Chec Furt, whose intent in following us was to squeeze all he could from us; we presented
some pieces of Chinese workmanship, such as cases of boxes, a standish, and some earthenware, together with several pieces of painted calico, which were so much more agreeable, that he desired some other pieces instead of our Chinese curiosities; we willingly made the exchange.
If the climate, since the Glacial period, has ever been in any degree warmer than at present
(as some geologists in the United States believe to have been the case, chiefly from the distribution of the fossil Gnathodon), then the arctic and temperate productions will at a very late period have marched a little further north, and subsequently have retreated to their present
homes; but I have met with no satisfactory evidence with respect to this intercalated slightly warmer period, since the Glacial period.
By being 'present
in a subject' I do not mean present
as parts are present
in a whole, but being incapable of existence apart from the said subject.
At the end of the present
lecture I shall examine the grounds in its favour.
The splendid costumes of those at the three tables made a gorgeous and glittering display that no one present
was ever likely to forget; perhaps there has never been in any part of the world at any time another assemblage of such wonderful people as that which gathered this evening to honor the birthday of the Ruler of Oz.
For in the mere act of penning my thoughts of this Leviathan, they weary me, and make me faint with their out-reaching comprehensiveness of sweep, as if to include the whole circle of the sciences, and all the generations of whales, and men, and mastodons, past, present
, and to come, with all the revolving panoramas of empire on earth, and throughout the whole universe, not excluding its suburbs.
And if, as I said, it was necessary that the people of Israel should be captive so as to make manifest the ability of Moses; that the Persians should be oppressed by the Medes so as to discover the greatness of the soul of Cyrus; and that the Athenians should be dispersed to illustrate the capabilities of Theseus: then at the present
time, in order to discover the virtue of an Italian spirit, it was necessary that Italy should be reduced to the extremity that she is now in, that she should be more enslaved than the Hebrews, more oppressed than the Persians, more scattered than the Athenians; without head, without order, beaten, despoiled, torn, overrun; and to have endured every kind of desolation.
"And they do say," the Chancellor went on sheepishly--looking much more like a convicted thief than an Officer of State, "that a change of Government, by the abolition of the Sub-Warden I mean," he hastily added, on seeing the Warden's look of astonishment, "the abolition of the office of Sub-Warden, and giving the present
holder the right to act as Vice-Warden whenever the Warden is absent --would appease all this seedling discontent I mean," he added, glancing at a paper he held in his hand, "all this seething discontent!"
Everything honourable and soothing, every present
enjoyment, and every future hope was contained in it; and her acceptance, with only the saving clause of Papa and Mamma's approbation, was eagerly given.
Vanbrugh and Congreve copied nature; but they who copy them draw as unlike the present
age as Hogarth would do if he was to paint a rout or a drum in the dresses of Titian and of Vandyke.