Dobson's own original work are a sufficient guarantee of the taste and discrimination we may look for in a collection like this, in which the random lightnings of the first of the essayists are grouped under certain heads--"Character Sketches," "Tales and Incidents," "Manners and Fashions," and the like--so as to diminish, for the general reader, the scattered effect of short essays on a hundred various subjects, and give a connected, book-like character to the specimens.
The industrious reader, indeed, might select out of these specimens from Steele, a picture, in minute detail, of the characteristic manners of that time.
Accordingly, having made everything snug in camp, the party, Tom and Ned equipped with electric rifles, and the professor with a butterfly net and specimen
boxes, set forth.
If you'll stop to lunch I'll prove you this time travelling up to the hilt, specimen
We were accompanied by the son of a neighbouring farmer -- a good specimen of a wild Brazilian youth.
I had some difficulty in catching a specimen of this frog.
You will observe from the cartilage that this is no fossil specimen, but recent.
It may interest you to know that I succeeded in shooting that particular specimen.
By all the codes which I am acquainted with, I am a devilishly wicked specimen
of the sex.
And who substituted for the ancient gothic altar, splendidly encumbered with shrines and reliquaries, that heavy marble sarcophagus, with angels' heads and clouds, which seems a specimen pillaged from the Val-de-Grâce or the Invalides?
Notre-Dame de Paris is, in particular, a curious specimen of this variety.
said the stranger, looking upon him with the curiosity of a naturalist studying some out-of-the-way specimen.
You must not take that fellow to be any specimen of Southern planters," said he.
He told me it was a fine specimen of Robinsoniana, or something dreadful of that kind.
I believe he thinks that Monmouth married me on purely scientific principles as the best specimen he could find of a modern butterfly.