Description : 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. 1895 Excerpt: ...the young lady, and made her shed tears several times; and once she took the freedom to say: "Dear brother, you jest at my preparations with too much reason, they being but very weak and imperfect. I pray God I may be able to prepare myself better against such a dreadful time, if ever it should come; but I beseech you, brother, to take care that your own preparations be not a jest indeed when such a time comes; and if it should be so, how will you be able to stand it? for certainly nothing but a mind well prepared can be able to bear up. How shall our hearts endure, or our hands be strong, in such a day as that?" It was in the very anguish of her mind that she did this to her brother, and not with any passion or displeasure at his ill-using her; but she did it with such seriousness, such gravity, and so many tears, that he was very much affected with it, asked her pardon, told her he would not jest with her any more upon that subject, that he was satisfied she was much better prepared than he was, and that she was in the right; that he would for the future do all that lay in his power to encourage her preparations; that though he had not received such impressions himself from his mother's discourse as she had, yet he was far from thinking her in the wrong; and that should such a time come as their mother had talked of, he could not deny but she was much better prepared to stand it than he was; but that his dependence was that God would spare them, and not bring such a calamity upon them. This healed that little wound his loose way of talking had made, and his sister was pacified. She told him she was glad to find him more serious on a subject so weighty; that as to the freedom he took with her, that was nothing, but that it grieved her so that she...
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Description : Daniel Defoe's work displays a keen interest in stories of supernatural encounters. Once considering how one might prove supernatural occurrences and whether one can trust eyewitness accounts, Defoe demonstrates that more is at stake. Like his contemporaries, Defoe wonders about the range of scientific insight, and about the moral and epistemological ramifications of unchallenged trust and faith. His transformations of the supernatural probe the boundaries of knowledge and evidence and play with the limits of cognition, emphasizing the inseparability of mind and emotion.
Description : This edited collection aims to respond to dominant perspectives on twenty-first-century war by exploring how the events of 9/11 and the subsequent Wars on Terror are represented and remembered outside of the US framework. Existing critical coverage ignores the meaning of these events for people, nations and cultures apparently peripheral to them but which have - as shown in this collection - been extraordinarily affected by the social, political and cultural changes these wars have wrought. Adopting a literary and cultural history approach, the book asks how these events resonate and continue to show effects in the rest of the world, with a particular focus on Australia and Britain. It argues that such reflections on the impact of the Wars on Terror help us to understand what global conflict means in a contemporary context, as well as what its representative motifs might tell us about how nations like Australia and Britain perceive and construct their remembered identities on the world stage in the twenty-first century. In its close examination of films, novels, memoir, visual artworks, media, and minority communities in the years since 2001, this collection looks at the global impacts of these events, and the ways they have shaped, and continue to shape, Britain and Australia’s relation to the rest of the world.
Description : The "Gentleman's magazine" section is a digest of selections from the weekly press; the "(Trader's) monthly intelligencer" section consists of news (foreign and domestic), vital statistics, a register of the month's new publications, and a calendar of forthcoming trade fairs.
Description : Brings together three parts of "Robinson Crusoe" and examines their relationship. This work contains editorial material that includes a substantial introduction to each novel, explanatory endnotes, textual notes, and a consolidated index.
Description : This encyclopedia provides 300 interdisciplinary, cross-referenced entries that document the effect of the plague on Western society across the four centuries of the second plague pandemic, balancing medical history and technical matters with historical, cultural, social, and political factors.