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Examples of Coningsby
Is it worth while that we should engage in bloodshed and tear one another to pieces for this eternal tomb?
But I said coldly, and with what was near to anger, that he should link his name and fate with that of Luke Claridge: "Which of ye two goes first is God's will, and according to His wisdom.
And after his knaves, his fools, his tricksters, the most striking figures in his gallery are those whom he has considered from a purely intellectual point of view: either kindly, as Sidonia, or coolly, as Lord Monmouth, but always calmly and with no point of passion in his regard: the Eskdales, Villebecques, Ormsbys, Bessos, Marneys, Meltons, and Mirabels, the Bohuns and St. Aldegondes and Grandisons, the Tadpoles and the Tapers, the dominant and subaltern humanity of the world.
His scorn for things contemptible, his hate for things hateful, are at times too bitter even for those who think with him; but in these lay his force-they filled his brain with light, and they touched his lips with fire.
With women, married women, he had vastly more in common: he could admire, study, divine, without having to feign a warmer feeling; and while his girls are poor albeit splendid young persons, his matrons are usually delightful.
He had a great regard for girls, and his attitude towards them, or such of them as he elected heroines, was mostly one of adoration-magnificent yet a little awkward and strained.