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
THE kind of book which is most written and read nowadays is called a novel
. 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.
In conclusion, allow me to express my regret that you can find no better employment for your talent than the writing of novels
. The first literary result of the foundation of our industrial system upon the profits of piracy and slave-trading was Shakspere.
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.
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.
"You are very right, friend," said the curate; "but for all that, if the novel
pleases me you must let me copy it."
Anna answered a few words, but not foreseeing any entertainment from the conversation, she asked Annushka to get a lamp, hooked it onto the arm of her seat, and took from her bag a paper knife and an English novel
. At first her reading made no progress.
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 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
. I suppose they--the flights and flourishes--are desirable, and I regret not being able to supply them; but at the same time I cannot help thinking that simple things are always the most impressive, and that books are easier to understand when they are written in plain language, though perhaps I have no right to set up an opinion on such a matter.
Several years ago I published a South Sea novel
. The action was placed in the Solomon Islands.