"All was wild, solitary and gloomy; the low murmur of the water formed a sort of accompaniment to the cries of the sand-piper, the puffin-awk; while the screaming gull, and the hoarse and heavy cormorant were heard, at intervals, still louder."
"If conquest does not bind posterity, so neither can compact bind it."
"In following their line through, and those of Plantagenet and Tudor, there is but little to soothe the mind."
"In the course of her education she had gone through the history usually put into the hands of young people... now her ripened reason gave to her present study at least the advantage of novelty."
"The child now shewed her a narrow and rugged descent, made by cutting the red clay and stones, of which the cliffs are here composed, into a sort of rude steps."
"The cottage garden; most for use designed, Yet not of beauty destitute."
""Who but those who call themselves philosophers," exclaimed the Doctor, with increased impatience, "who else have occasioned all the bloodshed and misery we have unhappily lived to see in our time, in a neighbouring kingdom?""
"With anxious eye she surveyed the expanse of ocean; it was indeed a "shipless sea," neither boat nor any larger vessel was to be seen, and she feared the people Marchmont has expected might have disappointed him."