All those minute circumstances belonging to private life and domestic character
, all that gives verisimilitude to a narrative, and individuality to the persons introduced, is still known and remembered in Scotland; whereas in England, civilisation has been so long complete, that our ideas of our ancestors are only to be gleaned from musty records and chronicles, the authors of which seem perversely to have conspired to suppress in their narratives all interesting details, in order to find room for flowers of monkish eloquence, or trite reflections upon morals.
A still greater obscurity lies in the distinctive characters
by which the objects in each of these great departments of nature have been arranged and assorted.
But this only enormity in their character
is not half so horrible as it is usually described.
Do not be afraid of my wanting the character
," cried Julia, with angry quickness: "I am not to be Agatha, and I am sure I will do nothing else; and as to Amelia, it is of all parts in the world the most disgusting to me.
Among the gentlemen were characters
of deserved eminence--magistrates, politicians, and men of wealth, by whose example religion could not but be greatly recommended to their meaner brethren.
may be ranked as having its natural place in the north.
He looked with hate and loathing on the poverty and downfall of his family, and treated his mother with haughty contempt, although he knew that his whole future depended on her character
But let us assume that what is called science can harmonize all contradictions and possesses an unchanging standard of good and bad by which to try historic characters
and events; let us say that Alexander could have done everything differently; let us say that with guidance from those who blame him and who profess to know the ultimate aim of the movement of humanity, he might have arranged matters according to the program his present accusers would have given him- of nationality, freedom, equality, and progress (these, I think, cover the ground).
Even when it is as remote as Norway, it is still related to the great capitals by the history if not the actuality of the characters
Actually she has chosen to combine something of each of these with a very sincerely felt religious interest; and who will deny that to trace the influence of religion upon human character
is one of the  legitimate functions of the novel?
I have reason to believe that my exodus from home was, on the whole, favorably viewed by my mother, as tending to remove any possibility of my bad character
and conduct interfering with my sister's advancement in life.
Causes of Variability -- Effects of Habit -- Correlation of Growth -- Inheritance -- Character
of Domestic Varieties -- Difficulty of distinguishing between Varieties and Species -- Origin of Domestic Varieties from one or more Species -- Domestic Pigeons, their Differences and Origin -- Principle of Selection anciently followed, its Effects -- Methodical and Unconscious Selection -- Unknown Origin of our Domestic Productions -- Circumstances favourable to Man's power of Selection.
The essential question is not, Is the presentation of life and character
perfect in a photographic fashion?
His love of conversation, his affection, his indifference to riches, even his garrulity, are interesting traits of character
The pit, as usual, was no doubt divided; those who delight in heroic virtue and perfect character
objected to the producing such instances of villany, without punishing them very severely for the sake of example.