Then the foundations laid, as she dreads, for jealousy and heart-burnings in her own family, late so happy and so united, afflict exceedingly a gentle and sensible mind, which has from the beginning, on all occasions, sacrifice its own inward satisfaction to outward peace. My bro ther and sister, who used very often to jar, are now so much one, and are so much together caballing was the word that dropped from her, as if at unawares , that she is full of fears of consequences that may fol low;—to my prejudice, perhaps, is her kind concern; since she sees that they behave to me every hour with more and more shyness and reserve: Yet, would she but exert that authority, which the superiority of her fine talents gives her, all these family-feuds might perhaps be crush'd in their but-yet beginnings; espe cially as she may be assured, that all fitting concessions shall be made by me, not only as they are my elders, but for the sake of so excellent and so indulgent a mother.
For, if I may say to you, my dear, what I would not to any other person living, it is my opinion, that, had she been of a temper that would have borne less, she would have had ten times less to bear than she has had.
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No commendation, you'll say, of the gene rosity of those spirits, which can turn to its own dis quiet so much condescending goodness. Upon my word, I am sometimes tempted to think, that we may make the world allow for and respect us as we please, if we can but be sturdy in our wills, and set out accordingly. It is but being the less beloved for it, that's all. And, if we have power to oblige those we have to do with, it will not appear to us , that we are. Our flatterers will tell us any thing sooner than our faults.
What will he say to it? Let us consult him about it;' are references always previous to every resolution taken by his supe riors, whose will ought to be his. Well may he ex pect to be treated with this deference by every other person, when my papa himself, generally so absolute, constantly pays it to him; and the more since his god mother's bounty has given independence to a spirit that was before under too little restraint. He is not naturally an ill-temper'd man; and in his person and air, and in his conversation too, when not under the torture of a gouty paroxysm, every-body distinguishes the gentleman born and edu cated.
Our sex, perhaps, must expect to bear a little un courtliness , shall I call it? But my brother!
He is really, my dear, I am sorry to have occasion to say it, an ill-temper'd young man; and treats my mamma sometimes—In deed he is not dutiful. But no more of this. I will prosecute my former intention in my next; which I will sit down to as soon as breakfast is over; dispatching this by the messenger whom you have so kindly sent to inquire after us, on my silence.
I WILL now resume my narrative of proceedings here. My mamma has been so good as to tell me this, since I sent away my last. Nevertheless, I believe they all think that I receive letters from Mr. But Lord M. And indeed my aunt Hervey has put it to my mamma, whether it were not best to prevail upon my brother to take a turn to his Yorkshire estate, which he was intending to do be fore; and to tarry there till all is blown over. But this is very far from being his intention: For he has already begun to hint again, that he shall ne ver be easy or satisfy'd, till I am marry'd; and, find ing neither Mr.
Symmes nor Mr. Mullins will be ac cepted, has proposed Mr. Wyerley once more, on the score of his great passion for me. This I have again rejected; and but yesterday he mention'd one who has apply'd to him by letter, making high offers.aducdeuful.tk
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This is Mr. Solmes; rich Solmes, you know they call him. But this has not met with the attention of one single soul. If none of his schemes of marrying me take effect, he has thoughts, I am told, of proposing to me to go to Scotland, in order, as the compliment is, to put his house there in such order as our own is in. And if she did not oppose it, I should; for, believe me, I have no mind to be his house keeper; and, I am sure, were I to go with him, I should be treated rather as a servant than a sister:—Perhaps, not the better because I am his sister.
And, if Mr. Lovelace should follow me, things might be worse than they are now. But I have besought my mamma, who is appre hensive of Mr. Lovelace's visits, and for fear of whom my uncles never stir out without arms and armed servants, my brother also being near well enough to go abroad again , to procure me permission to be your guest for a fortnight, or so. I dare not ask to go to my dairy-house, as my good grandfather would call it: For I am now afraid of being thought to have a wish to enjoy that inde pendence to which his will has intitled me: And, as matters are situated, such a wish would be imputed to my favour to the man whom they have now so great an antipathy to.
And, indeed, could I be as easy and happy here, as I used to be, I would defy that man, and all his sex; and never repent, that I have given the power of my fortune into my papa's hands.
Just now, my mamma has rejoiced me, with the news, that my requested permission is granted. Every one thinks it best, that I should go to you, except my brother. But he was told, that he must not expect to rule in every thing. I am to be sent for into the great parlour, where are my two uncles and my aunt Hervey, and to be acquainted with this concession in form. You know, my dear, that there is a good deal of solemnity among us. But never was there a family more united, in its different branches, than ours.
So that they are advised with upon every article relating to, or that may affect, us. It is therefore the less wonder, at a time when they understand, that Mr. Lovelace is determin'd to pay us an amicable visit, as he calls it but which I am sure cannot end so that they should both be consulted upon the permission I had desired to attend you. I will acquaint you with what passed at the general leave given me to be your guest.
And yet I know, that you will not love my brother the better for my communication. But I am angry with him myself, and cannot help it. And, besides, it is proper to let you know the terms I go upon, and their motives for permitting me to go. Clary, said my mamma, as soon as I enter'd the great parlour, your request, to go to Miss Howe's for a few days, has been taken into consideration, and granted—.
He was not daunted.
His arm is in a sling. He often has the mean art to look upon that , when any thing is hinted, that may be supposed to lead towards the least favour to, or reconciliation with, Mr. Love lace. Do you hear, sister Clary? Sir, said I to my papa, to your justice I appeal: If I have deserved reflection, let me not be spar'd. But if I am to be answerable for the rashness—. No more! You are not to receive the visits of that Lovelace, tho':—Nor are you, son James, to reflect upon your sister: She is a worthy child. Sir, I have done, reply'd he;—and yet I have her honour at heart, as much as the honour of the rest of the family.
And hence , Sir, retorted I, your unbrotherly re flections upon me!
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Well, but, you observe, Miss, said he, that it is not I , but your papa , that tells you, that you are not to receive the visits of that Lovelace. Cousin Harlowe, said my aunt Hervey, allow me to say, That my cousin Clary's prudence may be con fided in. But, Aunt, but, Madam put in my sister there is no hurt, I presume, in letting my sister know the condition she goes to Miss Howe upon; since, if he gets a knack of visiting her there—.
So would such an impudent man here , said my uncle Antony: And 'tis better there than here. Better no-where , said my papa.
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I will not, Sir, in any way of encouragement, I do assure you; Nor at all, if I can decently avoid it. Will you engage, my dear, that the hated man shall not come near your house? As I have no reason to doubt a welcome from your mamma, I will put every-thing in order here, and be with you in two or three days. I BEG your excuse for not writing sooner. Alas, my dear, I have sad prospects before me! My brother and sister have succeeded in all their views. They have found out another lover for me; an hi deous one:—Yet he is encouraged by every-body.
Lovelace, had I known their motive for commanding me home; ap prehending, 'tis evident, that I should dislike the man. And well might they apprehend so:—For who do you think he is? Solmes the In dies in possession, and would endow me with them, she should not think him deserving of her Clarissa Harlowe. The reception I met with at my return, so differ ent from what I used to meet with on every little ab sence and now I had been from them three weeks , convinced me, that I was to suffer for the happiness I had had in your company and conversation for that most agreeable period.
I will give you an account of it. My brother met me at the door, and gave me his hand, when I stepp'd out of the chariot. He bow'd very low: Pray, Miss, favour me. I was struck all of a heap as soon as I enter'd, to see a solemnity which I had been so little used to on the like occasions, in the countenance of every dear re lation.
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They all kept their seats. I ran to my papa, and kneeled: Then to my mamma: And met from both a cold salute: From my papa, a blessing but half pronounced: My mamma, indeed, called me, Child; but embraced me not with her usual indulgent ardor. But my heart was full: And I said it became me to stand, if I could stand a reception so awful and unusual. I was forced to turn my face from them, and pull out my handkerchief. My unbrotherly accuser hereupon stood forth, and charg'd me with having received no less than five or six visits at Miss Howe's from the man they had all so much reason to hate that was the expression ; notwithstanding the commands I had received to the contrary.
And he bid me deny it, if I could. I had never been used, I said, to deny the truth; nor would I now. I owned I had, in the passed three weeks, seen the person I presumed he meant oftener than five or six times Pray hear me out, brother, said I; for he was going to flame. I proceeded, That I had reason to believe, that both Mrs. Howe and Miss, as matters stood, would much rather have excused his visits; but they had more than once apologiz'd, that, having not the same reason my papa had, to forbid him their house, his rank and fortune intitled him to civility.
My brother seem'd ready to give a loose to his pas sion: My papa put on the countenance, which always portends a gathering storm: My uncles mutteringly whisper'd: And my sister aggravatingly held up her hands. While I begg'd to be heard out;—and my mamma said, Let the child , that was her kind word, be heard. I hoped, I said, there was no harm done: That it became not me to prescribe to Mrs. I told them further, That Miss Howe so well un derstood my mind, that she never left me a moment, while he was there: That, when he came, if I was not below in the parlour, I would not suffer myself to be called to him: Altho' I thought it would be an affectation, which would give him advantage rather than the contrary, if I had left company when he came in; or refused to enter into it, when I found he would stay any time.
My brother heard me out with such a kind of im patience, as shew'd he was resolved to be dissatisfy'd with me, say what I would, The rest, as the event has proved, behav'd as if they would have been satis fy'd, had they not further points to carry, by intimi dating me. All this made it evident, as I mention'd above, that they themselves expected not my volun tary compliance; and was a tacit confession of the dis agreeableness of the person they had to propose.