If there were not so many of them," said the curate, "they would be more relished: this book must be weeded and cleansed of certain vulgarities which it has with its excellences; let it be preserved because the author is a friend of mine, and out of respect for other more heroic and loftier works that he has written.
His book has some good invention in it, it presents us with something but brings nothing to a conclusion: we must wait for the Second Part it promises: perhaps with amendment it may succeed in winning the full measure of grace that is now denied it; and in the mean time do you, senor gossip, keep it shut up in your own quarters.
I should have shed tears myself," said the curate when he heard the title, "had I ordered that book to be burned, for its author was one of the famous poets of the world, not to say of Spain, and was very happy in the translation of some of Ovid's fables.
Instantly forgetting me and my book, this curious girl pounced like a fury on the flowers, and actually trampled them under her feet!
I was in such a rage that I up with the book I was reading at the time and shied it at the painted face.
Here's where the book fell," she said--"in the space between the book-case and the wall.
The story is well told, but the book is hardly worthy of the author of 'Typee.
Thus, of Melville's four most important books, three, 'Typee,' 'Omoo,' and 'White-Jacket,' are directly auto biographical, and 'Moby Dick' is partially so; while the less important 'Redburn' is between the two classes in this respect.
With that he darted forward to pick up the books, while I bent down to help him.
I opened it, and he informed me that, since, possibly, I might find the time wearisome, he had brought me a few books to read.
I could never thole his books,' said my mother immediately, and indeed vindictively.
And then like a good mother she took up one of her son's books and read it most determinedly.