There is no need for me to add more to these few prefatory
words than is here written.
I have heard of a dramatic writer who used to say, he would rather write a play than a prologue; in like manner, I think, I can with less pains write one of the books of this history than the prefatory
chapter to each of them.
Homer, after a few prefatory
words, at once brings in a man, or woman, or other personage; none of them wanting in characteristic qualities, but each with a character of his own.
narrative I have already got by me in the form of an old family paper, which relates the necessary particulars on the authority of an eye-witness.
What the plan of the poem is Spenser explains in a prefatory
letter to Sir Walter Ralegh.
With these prefatory
words, he described the events that had followed Mrs.
In Wordsworth's prefatory
advertisement to the first edition of The Prelude, published in 1850, it is stated that that work was intended to be introductory to The Recluse: and that The Recluse, if completed, would have consisted of three parts.
I lost no time in beginning my inquiries; I wasted no words in prefatory
The real name of the little man was Harris, but it had gradually merged into the less euphonious one of Trotters, which, with the prefatory
adjective, Short, had been conferred upon him by reason of the small size of his legs.
In a prefatory
note to 'Mardi' (1849), Melville declares that, as his former books have been received as romance instead of reality, he will now try his hand at pure fiction.
The scenario, or outline, of the Countess's play began with no formal prefatory
I am sure,' said the worthy lady, with a prefatory
cough, 'that it's a great relief, under such trying circumstances as these, to have anybody else mistaken for me--a very great relief; and it's a circumstance that never occurred before, although I have several times been mistaken for my daughter Kate.