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WILLIAM HARRISON AINSWORTH
English novelist
(1805 - 1882)
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Jolly nose! there are fools who say drink hurts the sight,
  Such dullards know nothing about it;
    'Tis better with wine to extinguish the light
      Than live always in darkness without it.
      - quoted in Jack Sheppard (vol. I, p. 213),
        a paraphrase of Olivier Basselin's "Vaux-de-vire"
        [Noses]

She would rather be an old man's darling than a young man's warling.
      - Miser's Daughter (bk. III, ch. XV) [Wives]

One night, at the latter end of April 1665, the family of a citizen of London carrying on an extensive business as a grocer in Wood Street, Cheapside, were assembled, according to custom, at prayer.
      - Old St. Paul's [Books (First Lines)]

On the 10th of July 1553, about two hours after noon, a loud discharge of ordnance burst from the turrets of Durham House, then the residence of the Duke of Northumberland, grandmaster of the realm, and occupying the site of the modern range of buildings known as the Adelphi; and at the signal, which was immediately answered from every point along the river where a bombard or culverin could be planted-- . . .
      - The Tower of London [Books (First Lines)]

In the twentieth year of the reign of the right high and puissant King Henry the Eighth, namely, in 1529, on the twenty-first of April, and on one of the loveliest evenings that ever fell on the loveliest district in England, a fair youth, having somewhat the appearance of a page, was leaning over the terrace-wall on the north side of Windsor Castle, and gazing at the magnificent scene before him.
      - Windsor Castle [Books (First Lines)]


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