The Works of Mr. John Gay: In Four Volumes. To which is Added an Account of the Life and Writings of the Author ...

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James Potts, 1770
 

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Pagina 114 - Through the whole Piece you may observe such a similitude of Manners in high and low Life, that it is difficult to determine whether (in the fashionable Vices) the fine Gentlemen imitate the Gentlemen of the Road, or the Gentlemen of the Road the fine Gentlemen.
Pagina 85 - I am sure at least three Men of his hanging, and in a Year's time too (if he did me justice) should be set down to my account. Trull. Mrs. Slammekin, that is not fair.. For you know one of them was taken in Bed with me. Jenny. As far as a Bowl of Punch or a Treat, I believe Mrs. Suky will join with me.
Pagina 63 - Peach. And what then? You would not be so mad to have the wench marry him! Gamesters and highwaymen are generally very good to their whores, but they are very devils to their wives.
Pagina 60 - A lazy dog! When I took him the time before, I told him what he would come to if he did not mend his hand. This is death without reprieve. I may venture to book him. (writes) "For Tom Gagg, forty pounds.
Pagina 97 - I'll ply him that way, get the secret from him, and turn this affair to my own advantage. Lions, wolves, and vultures don't live together in herds, droves or flocks. Of all animals of prey, man is the only sociable one. Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
Pagina 81 - Trull! kiss me, you Slut; are you as amorous as ever, Hussy? You are always so taken up with stealing Hearts, that you don't allow your self Time to steal any thing else.—Ah Dolly, thou wilt ever be a Coquette!—Mrs.
Pagina 69 - Yes, indeed, the sex is frail. But the first time a woman is frail, she should be somewhat nice, methinks, for then or never is the time to make her fortune.
Pagina 72 - Secure what he hath got, have him peached the next sessions, and then at once you are made a rich widow. POLLY. What, murder the man I love! The blood runs cold at my heart with the very thought of it.
Pagina 87 - I promised the wench marriage. What signifies a promise to a woman ? Does not man in marriage itself promise a hundred things that he never means to perform ? Do all we can, women will believe us; for they look upon a promise as an excuse for following their own inclinations.
Pagina 92 - Really, Polly, this is no time for a dispute of this sort; for whenever you are talking of marriage, I am thinking of hanging.

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