Parliamentary portraits; or, Sketches of the public character of some of the most distinguished speakers of the House of commons

 
9781151139788: Parliamentary portraits; or, Sketches of the public character of some of the most distinguished speakers of the House of commons

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1815 Excerpt: ... Yet it succeeds, in general, as far as it aspires; it wears its way, not wins it, and owes its greatness, not to the kindness of friendship, but to its own invincible importunity. It moves along, through the hisses of disgust and the mutterings of hatred, with perfect content, because it is conscious that such is the element most appropriate to its nature; it takes its wished-for seat of rank with a shrug of contempt at those who would not pay the same price for the same dignity. It is very seldom however that impudence is ambitious; it is, in general too sordid to aim after honorary distinctions, and confines itself to the search after gain; hence it is less found in the political sphere (except among the underlings of state) than in the walks of common and daily life. There its most complete picture is to be seen, when a determined fortune-hunter has started a wealthy girl; in vain she flies, in vain she despises, in vain she hates; he looks upon all the struggles of resentment with the same calculating pleasure as a poacher views the strength-exhausting efforts of the captive bird, which tires itself into his possession. The poor girl, with all her loathing fresh about her, is, from the sex's characteristic inability to resist perseverance, compelled to yield, which it may be supposed she does with a sort of feeling like that with which a person flings himself into the sea, to avoid the approaches of a tiger, who will take no repulse. But I have been pursuing my remarks till I have forgot the purpose with which I began, which was merely to give a brief sketch of the Parliamentary peculiarities of the two gentlemen whose names are at the head of this article. To begin with Mr. W. Pole j he is, as I have hinted, exceedingly self-important, though as in mo...

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