It may be remarked, in passing, that the number of compositions in which the word "beauteous" was over-fondled, and human experience referred to as "life's page," was up to the usual average.
The first composition that was read was one entitled "Is this, then, Life?
Mustn't it be splendid to be remarkable and have compositions
written about you after you're dead?
Cobb, Rebecca made a poor hand at composition writing at this time.
Write as you talk, Rebecca," insisted poor Miss Dearborn, who secretly knew that she could never manage a good composition herself.
Probably I should not have troubled myself to do so, had I been full in front; but I observed that she immediately began to slip her books into her cabas again; and, presently, after I had returned to the estrade, while I was arranging the mass of compositions
, I heard the folding-door again open and close; and, on looking up, I perceived her place vacant.
However far he may venture in a more full detail of passions and feelings, than is to be found in the ancient compositions
which he imitates, he must introduce nothing inconsistent with the manners of the age; his knights, squires, grooms, and yeomen, may be more fully drawn than in the hard, dry delineations of an ancient illuminated manuscript, but the character and costume of the age must remain inviolate; they must be the same figures, drawn by a better pencil, or, to speak more modestly, executed in an age when the principles of art were better understood.
I admit," replied the president, "that this composition
has yielded excellent results, but in the present case it would be too expensive, and very difficult to work.
of the one would in this case counteract that of the other.
He would say to one of these women: This chin is too short, this nose is too long, this forehead is too high, this hair is too red, this complexion is too pallid, the perspective of the entire composition
is incorrect; conclusion, the woman is not beautiful.
The charms of Sophia had not made the least impression on Blifil; not that his heart was pre-engaged; neither was he totally insensible of beauty, or had any aversion to women; but his appetites were by nature so moderate, that he was able, by philosophy, or by study, or by some other method, easily to subdue them: and as to that passion which we have treated of in the first chapter of this book, he had not the least tincture of it in his whole composition
This,' said the fellow, producing one, 'this is the infallible and invaluable composition
for removing all sorts of stain, rust, dirt, mildew, spick, speck, spot, or spatter, from silk, satin, linen, cambrick, cloth, crape, stuff, carpet, merino, muslin, bombazeen, or woollen stuff.