His feudal tower must arise in due majesty; the figures which he introduces must have the costume and character
of their age; the piece must represent the peculiar features of the scene which he has chosen for his subject, with all its appropriate elevation of rock, or precipitate descent of cataract.
repudiates intellect, yet excites it; and character
passes into thought, is published so, and then is ashamed before new flashes of moral worth.
It would have been inconsistent with her character
if in these visits she had been pursuing a chimera; her project was not chimerical at all; she was building on a firm basis--on her knowledge of the character
of the Epanchin family, especially Aglaya, whom she studied closely.
It is depressing to see so really noble a character
as Catherine soured, as we feel, and lowered, as time goes on, from the happy resignation of the first volume (in which solemn, beautiful, and entire, and so very real, she is like a poem of Wordsworth) down to the mere passivity of the third volume, and the closing scene of Robert Elsmere's days, very exquisitely as this episode of unbelieving yet saintly biography has been conceived and executed.
Having thus provided for my support in prison, I was enabled to introduce myself to my fellow-debtors, and to study character
for the new series of prints, on the very first day of my incarceration, with my mind quite at ease.
Perhaps the correct way of viewing the whole subject, would be, to look at the inheritance of every character
whatever as the rule, and non-inheritance as the anomaly.
Largely a matter of Emotion is the Personal Sympathy of the author for his characters
, while Intellect has a large share in Dramatic Sympathy, whereby the author enters truly into the situations and feelings of any character
, whether he personally likes him or not.
Neither in the Republic, nor in any other Dialogue of Plato, is a single character
Some have considered the larger part of mankind in the light of actors, as personating characters
no more their own, and to which in fact they have no better title, than the player hath to be in earnest thought the king or emperor whom he represents.
They labour under the disadvantages of a scarcity of wood and water,--evils of a serious character
, until art has had time to supply the deficiencies of nature.
Besides this, I observed that the men made no scruple to set themselves out, and to go a-fortunehunting, as they call it, when they had really no fortune themselves to demand it, or merit to deserve it; and that they carried it so high, that a woman was scarce allowed to inquire after the character
or estate of the person that pretended to her.
But I may be pardoned, if on such a theme as the general character
of the American people, and the general character
of their social system, as presented to a stranger's eyes, I desire to express my own opinions in a few words, before I bring these volumes to a close.
And when he had told them all about the case, and that he had never known a worse case, he stopped a little while, like a man who had something terrible to tell them, and then said that he understood an attempt would be made by his learned friend (and here he looked sideways at Kit's gentleman) to impeach the testimony of those immaculate witnesses whom he should call before them; but he did hope and trust that his learned friend would have a greater respect and veneration for the character
of the prosecutor; than whom, as he well knew, there did not exist, and never had existed, a more honourable member of that most honourable profession to which he was attached.
murmured Professor Bumper, as he caught sight of many inscriptions in strange characters
on the walls and buildings.
For the medium being the same, and the objects the same, the poet may imitate by narration--in which case he can either take another personality as Homer does, or speak in his own person, unchanged--or he may present all his characters
as living and moving before us.