The Miscellaneous Works Of Sir Walter Scott, Bart (volume 19); Periodical Criticism. 3-5…

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bySir Walter Scott

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870. Excerpt: ... 139 ARTICLE IV. ON " THE MISERIES OF HUMAN LIFE. This paper appeared in the Edinburgh Review, October, 1806. "The Miseries of Human Life; or, the Groans of Timothy Testy, and Samuel Sensitive; with a few Supplementary Signs from Mrs Testy. In Twelve Dialogues."--Had extraordinary success--passing through nine editions within a year. This admirable jeu d'esprit was written by a respectable clergyman, the Rev. James Beresford, A.M. of Merton College, Oxford, and its success, as is usual in such cases, called forth abundance of imitations. This terrific title, with the subjoined catalogue of pitiable exclamations, would lead a native of any country but England to expect a heart-rending tale of accumulated wo. A Frenchman would prepare to shake his head, and shrug up his shoulders at the unobserved calamities of some love-sick heroine; a German would instantly feel his heart expand with all the sensitiveness of philanthropy, and the tear would stand ready to start from his eye, at the thought of beholding all the hopeless errors and unalloyed misery of man, feelingly depicted by the nervous hand of sentimental philosophy. But to a thorough indigenous independent Briton, the word " misery" does by no means convey an idea of such extreme discomfort. He feels the satisfaction of grumbling over his misfortunes, to be, on many occasions, so much greater than the pain of enduring them, that he will beg, borrow steal, or even manufacture calamities, sooner than suffer under any unusual scarcity of discontent. He knows, indeed, that miseries are indeed necessary to his happiness, and though perhaps not quite so pleasant at the moment as his other indispensable enjoyments, roast beef and beer, would, if taken away, leave just as great a craving in his appetites as wou...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870. Excerpt: ... 139 ARTICLE IV. ON " THE MISERIES OF HUMAN LIFE. This paper appeared in the Edinburgh Review, October, 1806. "The Miseries of ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021709242X

ISBN - 13:9780217092425

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