Lusitanian Sketches of the Pen and Pencil, Volume 1

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Pagina 95 - Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.
Pagina 73 - Portugal resembles a vessel impelled by a favouring breeze over a calm sea, undisturbed by any displeasing inequality of motion. The restless feeling so often perceptible in English society hardly exists in Portugal : there are no ardent aspirations after fashion ; there is little prepared wit in Portuguese society, and no one talks for the mere purpose of producing an effect, but simply because his natural taste leads him to take an active part in conversation. In spite of manners apparently artificial,...
Pagina 72 - ... premature in this part of my work, as I had not formed such conclusions till after a long residence at Lisbon and Oporto. If I could divest myself of every national partiality, and suppose myself an inhabitant of the other hemisphere, travelling solely for my amusement, noting men and manners, and were asked in what country society had attained its most polished form, I should say in Portugal : this perfection of manner is perhaps most appreciated by an Englishman, when seen in that portion of...
Pagina 72 - If I could divest myself of every national partiality, and suppose myself an inhabitant of the other hemisphere, travelling solely for my amusement, noting men and manners, and were asked in what country society had attained its most polished form, I should say in Portugal. This perfection of manner is perhaps most appreciated by an Englishman, when seen in that portion of the aristocratic class which has adopted in minor points the refinements of the first European society, * Portugal and Galida,...
Pagina 72 - Murray. 1848. and 1ms retained the spirit, while it has in some degree dropped the exaggerated ceremonial, of the old Portuguese courtesy. Portuguese politeness is delightful, because it is by no means purely artificial, but flows in a great measure from a natural kindliness of feeling.
Pagina 73 - ... to take an active part in conversation. In spite of manners apparently artificial, society is more unaffected in Portugal than superficial observers would at first suppose. Dandyism is unknown among their men, and coquetry, so common among Spanish women, is little in vogue among the fair Portuguese. They do not possess, to the same extent, the heady passions and romantic feelings of their beautiful neighbours, but they are softer, more tractable, and equally affectionate.
Pagina 253 - Yafta, the very port whence the disciples sailed with the body of St. James, and where the prophet Jonah embarked for Tarshish. It floated safely through the Mediterranean, but met with an accident in the Straits of Gibraltar. Being violently thrown against the Moorish coast of Abyla, it lost the left arm in the shock. Five days after this casualty, on the 3rd of May, in the year of our Lord 117, it landed at Matozinhos, near that part of the beach known by the name of Leixoes ; and never since that...
Pagina 74 - ... initiated in the little intrigues that are constantly playing along the surface of society, he becomes delighted with their liveliness, wit, and ready perception of character. The best society in England is perhaps the best in the world, because it combines civilization of manner with cultivation of mind ; but, without reference to intellectual culture, the last finish of polished breeding distinguishes, perhaps in a still greater degree, the higher orders of Portugal.
Pagina 336 - ... on the occasion ; and as the handkerchief alone could not have preserved them, they were compelled to add pads also. They deserved as much credit as the pilgrims who boiled their peas which they put in their shoes. Young maidens frequently perform the same progress round the church, habited in thick cloth petticoats, and too often most irreverently laughing and joking all the time with attendant swains, who will on occasion most gallantly lift them over any very rough places. An old lady I formerly...
Pagina 247 - It is an amusing sight, and enlivening withal, to look at the rows of white tents, the beautiful girls and their elegant dresses, the crowds of spectators, each sheltered by a bright coloured umbrella, and some thirty or forty ladies and gentlemen, fat and thin, tall and short, old and young, in the water together, dipping and spluttering, shouting and shrieking, as the white-crested wave rolls towards them — some attempting to swim, others, fearful of being carried out to sea, clinging to their...

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