The easy unstudied graces of a child of nature like this, breathing from infancy an atmosphere of perpetual summer, and nurtured by the simple fruits of the earth; enjoying a perfect freedom from care and anxiety, and removed effectually from all injurious tendencies, strike the eye in a manner which cannot be pourtrayed
. This picture is no fancy sketch; it is drawn from the most vivid recollections of the person delineated.
After mature deliberation with regard to what should be done in the way of engraving for the ensuing year 1856, the committee have commissioned from Mr Thomas Faed, of London [...] a series of designs illustrative of the poem of 'The Gentle Shepherd' by Allan Ramsay [...] Faed is particularly adapted gracefully to pourtray
[sic] the beautiful pastoral pictures of his native country, so graphically described by the pen of Ramsay, the committee feel assured that a national work will be produced of no ordinary merit, and which will prove highly acceptable to members of the Association, whether in hall or cottage.
[T]he same sentiment that first led me to pourtray
scenes replete with
After again reporting that he "fancied" that he heard an aurora "and so much was judgement misled by imagination, that I thought I saw masses vibrating after contact," Hooper went on to write that "no pen nor pencil can pourtray
[sic] its fickle hues, its radiance, and its grandeur." (84) And yet Hooper inserted a description of an aurora "more as an instance of the wonderful variety of the phenomenon than in the hope of conveying anything like an adequate idea of its beauty,--that I feel to be impossible." (85)
The faculty of imitation cannot pourtray
[sic], with fidelity, the diversified workings of the human mind.
But where shall we find such a thorough knowledge of nature, such an insight into the human heart, as is displayed by our NOVELISTS; when, as an agreeable relief from the insipid sameness of polite insincerity, they condescend to pourtray
in coarse colours, the workings of more genuine passions in the bosom of Dolly, the dairy-maid, or Hannah, the house-maid?
what words can lab'ring thoughts employ T'express the feelings felt, or ev'n pourtray
Those scenes majestic passing in review Before th' imagination, as we aim To trace their causes, from th' effects produced?-- All stereotyped, and stamped indelibly On Nature's ample page!
(12) The following is a definition of the process a romance writer follows in his compositions: "The writer of romance collects his materials from all sources, experience, report, and the records of human affairs; then generalises them; and finally selects, from their elements and the various combinations they afford, those instances which he is best qualified to pourtray
(sic), and which he judges most calculated to impress the heart and improve the faculties of his reader" ("HR" 299).
(5) Although he strives for "order and coherence," Huntly admits that to lose the "headlong energies" of his narrative would be to only "imperfectly revive" and "obscurely pourtray
" "the incidents and motives" of his narrative:
I desire therein to be delineated in mine owne genuine, simple and ordinarie fashion, without contention, art or study; for it is myself I pourtray
." He goes on to say that the book will show his imperfections, "so farre-forth as publike reverence hath permitted me." Had he been born among those nations which live under the law of Nature (presumably, the Americas), he concludes, "I would most willingly have pourtrayed
my selfe fully and naked." Montaigne's formulation nicely captures a certain paradox that animates the gesture of self-representation.
His role, as he saw it, was one of "lending a hand to a dying nation, who have no historians or biographers of their own to pourtray
with fidelity their native looks and history" (3).