The Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong,: The Factory Boy

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Henry Colburn, 1840 - 387 strán (strany)
 

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Strana 203 - You taught me language; and my profit on't Is, I know how to curse : The red plague rid you, For learning me your language ! Pro.
Strana 302 - Within six months from this time, Michael Armstrong, promoted to a place of trust, might have been seen sitting upon the hill-side in one of the most romantic spots in Westmorland, a shepherd's maud wrapped round his person, a sheep-dog at his feet, and his master's flocks nibbling the short grass around him on all sides. Many were the solitary hours he thus passed, and very rich was the harvest they brought him. Had the boy remained a year or two longer in the state that ." Blocks out the forms...
Strana 230 - Do not set me down in your judgments as a hot-headed girl, indifferent to the opinions of society, and anxious only to follow the whim of the moment. Did I belong to any one, I think I should willingly yield to their guidance. But I am alone in the world; I have no responsibilities but to God and my own conscience, and the only way I know of, by which I can make this desolate sort of freedom endurable, is by fearlessly, and without respect to any prejudices or opinions whatever, employing my preposterous...
Strana 80 - ... by some hundred pairs of labouring lungs, render the act of breathing a process of difficulty, disgust, and pain. All this is terrible. But what the eye brings home to the heart of those, who look round upon the horrid earthly hell, is enough to make it all forgotten; for who can think of villanous smells, or heed the suffering of the ear-racking sounds, while they look upon hundreds of helpless children, divested of every trace of health, of joyousness, and even of youth! Assuredly there is...
Strana 382 - Circumstances over which (to use a thoroughly authorized expression) she had no control, for in truth they had preceded her birth, had rendered her own country less dear to her than it is to most others ; and she therefore not only determined to plant herself elsewhere, but to do so in such a manner as would enable her to make her new abode her home, in the best sense of the word, and this could only be done by giving " Ample room, and verge enough," to make it the home of others also.
Strana iii - When those in whose behalf she hoped to move the sympathy of their country are found busy in scenes of outrage and lawless violence, and uniting themselves with individuals whose doctrines are subversive of every species of social order, the author feels that it would be alike acting in violation of her own principles, and doing injury to the cause she wishes to serve, were she to persist in an attempt to hold up as objects of public sympathy, men who have stained their righteous cause with deeds...
Strana 182 - ... industrial exploitation of child labor (Illustration 8.1). This incident provides both an indictment of those in charge of the mill and a warning of the social consequences of its operation. Trollope makes clear the potential this disgusting sight might have for driving an older witness to violence. Michael Armstrong was a child of deep feeling; and it was, perhaps, lucky for him, that the burning sense of shame and degradation which pervaded every nerve of his little frame, as he looked on upon...
Strana 128 - Twas the stretcher's billy-roller as smashed Becky." " 'Twas, cause I was sleepy," said the little one, beginning to cry, for she construed Mary's puzzled look into an expression of displeasure.
Strana 381 - The narrator follows this enigmatic passage with a metacommentary on methodology: "There are some facts which no wise historian will ever venture to dilate upon, lest their strangeness should provoke incredulity; and great wisdom is shown by such forbearance; for it is infinitely better that an enlightened public should be driven to exclaim, ''How very obscure this passage w!' than ''How very improbable*.' '" (386). The protest, of course, only draws attention to the enigmatic "improbable" that is...

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