For a long time he spoiled my taste for any other criticism; he made it seem pale, and poor, and weak; and he blunted my sense to subtler excellences
than I found in him.
A collection of specimens of English poetry, for the purpose of exhibiting the achievement of prose excellences
by it (in their legitimate measure) is a desideratum we commend to Mr.
But still, I would think of him: I would cherish his image in my mind; and treasure every word, look, and gesture that my memory could retain; and brood over his excellences
and his peculiarities, and, in fact, all I had seen, heard, or imagined respecting him.
But when to his natural excellences
were added the romance that linked with his name and the enormous wealth that was his, practically every free woman he encountered measured him with an appraising and delighted eye, to say nothing of more than one woman who was not free.
Mr Squeers indulged in a retrospective look, for some quarter of a minute, as if this allusion to his lady's excellences
had naturally led his mind to the peaceful village of Dotheboys near Greta Bridge in Yorkshire; and then looked at Ralph, as if waiting for him to say something.
The translators followed previous versions so far as possible, checking them by comparison with the original Hebrew and Greek, so that while attaining the greater correctness at which they aimed they preserved the accumulated stylistic excellences
of three generations of their predecessors; and their language, properly varying according to the nature of the different books, possesses an imaginative grandeur and rhythm not unworthy--and no higher praise could be awarded--of the themes which it expresses.
Suppose then, I said, that we determine how far they can unite this and the other excellences
Flattered at this compliment, my mother rang the bell, and a china jug of our best ale was presently brought and set before the worthy gentleman who so well knew how to appreciate its excellences