The first composition
that was read was one entitled "Is this, then, Life?
Write as you talk, Rebecca," insisted poor Miss Dearborn, who secretly knew that she could never manage a good composition
The public are, in general, very ready to adopt the opinion, that he who has pleased them in one peculiar mode of composition
, is, by means of that very talent, rendered incapable of venturing upon other subjects.
In this composition
we find it difficult to recognize the Willis who has written so many mere "verses of society.
He began pacing in circles until the process sickened him, and then took a sheet of paper for the composition
of a letter which, he vowed before he began it, should be sent that same evening.
Mustn't it be splendid to be remarkable and have compositions
written about you after you're dead?
And there are compositions
of the same strain to be found in the books of all ages.
It was Mr Western's custom every afternoon, as soon as he was drunk, to hear his daughter play on the harpsichord; for he was a great lover of music, and perhaps, had he lived in town, might have passed for a connoisseur; for he always excepted against the finest compositions
of Mr Handel.
Pitt Crawley received this communication very graciously--more graciously than Miss Crawley had received some of Rebecca's previous compositions
in Rawdon's handwriting; and as for Lady Jane, she was so charmed with the letter that she expected her husband would instantly divide his aunt's legacy into two equal portions and send off one-half to his brother at Paris.
Pickwick's note-book, in the hope of meeting with a general summary of these beautiful compositions
besides several compositions
in prose, purporting to be dialogues between the Emperor of China and an oyster, or the Archbishop of Canterbury and a dissenter on the subject of church-rates, but all having the same moral, namely, that the reader must make haste to Jarley's, and that children and servants were admitted at half-price.
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.