The old man told me he had not been in the Brazils for about nine years; but that he could assure me that when he came away my partner was living, but the trustees whom I had joined with him to take cognisance of my part were both dead: that, however, he believed I would have a very good account of
the improvement of the plantation; for that, upon the general belief of my being cast away and drowned, my trustees had given in the account of
the produce of my part of the plantation to the procurator-fiscal, who had appropriated it, in case I never came to claim it, one-third to the king, and two-thirds to the monastery of St.
In his account of
the mission, where his veracity is most to be suspected, he neither exaggerates overmuch the merits of the Jesuits, if we consider the partial regard paid by the Portuguese to their countrymen, by the Jesuits to their society, and by the Papists to their church, nor aggravates the vices of the Abyssins; but if the reader will not be satisfied with a Popish account of
a Popish mission, he may have recourse to the history of the church of Abyssinia, written by Dr.
Then a small gentleman, very young-looking but very malignant, began to say that it would probably be agreeable to the marshal of the province to give an account of
his expenditures of the public moneys, and that the misplaced delicacy of the members of the committee was depriving him of this moral satisfaction.
When a woman debauched from her youth, nay, even being the offspring of debauchery and vice, comes to give an account of
all her vicious practices, and even to descend to the particular occasions and circumstances by which she ran through in threescore years, an author must be hard put to it wrap it up so clean as not to give room, especially for vicious readers, to turn it to his disadvantage.
Before I proceed to give an account of
my leaving this kingdom, it may be proper to inform the reader of a private intrigue which had been for two months forming against me.
For if any one should render an account of
what a primary substance is, he would render a more instructive account, and one more proper to the subject, by stating the species than by stating the genus.
Lady Russell had not been arrived five minutes the day before, when a full account of
the whole had burst on her; but still it must be talked of, she must make enquiries, she must regret the imprudence, lament the result, and Captain Wentworth's name must be mentioned by both.
She says, she had forgiven many faults on account of
youth; but expressed such detestation of the character of a libertine, that she absolutely silenced me.
Since you have, perhaps, heard but confused accounts of my seven voyages, and the dangers and wonders that I have met with by sea and land, I will now give you a full and true account of
them, which I think you will be well pleased to hear.
As for Draco's laws, they were published when the government was already established, and they have nothing particular in them worth mentioning, except their severity on account of
the enormity of their punishments.
To throw off this burden as quickly as possible, on the third day after his arrival he went, angry and scowling and without answering questions as to where he was going, to Mitenka's lodge and demanded an account of
D'Artagnan desired the servants to announce him, and found on the second story (in a beautiful room called the Blue Chamber, on account of
the color of its hangings) the bishop of Vannes in company with Porthos and several of the modern Epicureans.