They called each other by their Christian name, were always arm in arm when they walked, pinned up each other's train for the dance, and were not to be divided in the set; and if a rainy morning deprived them of other enjoyments, they were still resolute in meeting in defiance of wet and dirt, and shut themselves up, to read novels
But we have not yet spoken much about this kind of book for until now there were no novels
in our meaning of the word.
Actions described in novels
are judged by a romantic system of morals as fictitious as the actions themselves.
By-and-by, when you've got a name, you can afford to digress, and have philosophical and metaphysical people in your novels
," said Amy, who took a strictly practical view of the subject.
My elder brother, for whom there was no place in the office where I worked, had found one in a store, and he beguiled the leisure that light trade left on his hands by reading the novels
of Captain Marryat.
I can but say in excuse of it that I am more accustomed to handle a rifle than a pen, and cannot make any pretence to the grand literary flights and flourishes which I see in novels
--for sometimes I like to read a novel
It is long since I frequented it, and if the novels
that describe its present singularities are accurate much in it is now changed.
Thus a swarm of foolish novels
and monstrous romances will be produced, either to the great impoverishing of booksellers, or to the great loss of time and depravation of morals in the reader; nay, often to the spreading of scandal and calumny, and to the prejudice of the characters of many worthy and honest people.
The curate read three or four lines to himself, and said, "I must say the title of this novel
does not seem to me a bad one, and I feel an inclination to read it all.
If she read that the heroine of the novel
was nursing a sick man, she longed to move with noiseless steps about the room of a sick man; if she read of a member of Parliament making a speech, she longed to be delivering the speech; if she read of how Lady Mary had ridden after the hounds, and had provoked her sister-in-law, and had surprised everyone by her boldness, she too wished to be doing the same.
Mr Sheppherd had always reminded him of a heavy father out of a three-volume novel
, but, compared with his demeanour as he listened now, his attitude hitherto had been light and whimsical.
I hope I have given some assurance that the adventures of my dog hero in this novel
are real adventures in a very real cannibal world.