Beth, who was collecting the scattered Author
cards, looked up and said, in her shy yet friendly way, "I'm afraid you are tired.
Whether this reasoning be correct or otherwise, the present author
felt, that, in confining himself to subjects purely Scottish, he was not only likely to weary out the indulgence of his readers, but also greatly to limit his own power of affording them pleasure.
My hours of leisure I spent in reading the best authors
, ancient and modern, being always provided with a good number of books; and when I was ashore, in observing the manners and dispositions of the people, as well as learning their language; wherein I had a great facility, by the strength of my memory.
In the account of Abyssinia, and the continuation, the authors
have been followed with more exactness, and as few passages appeared either insignificant or tedious, few have been either shortened or omitted.
Having got a name for his horse so much to his taste, he was anxious to get one for himself, and he was eight days more pondering over this point, till at last he made up his mind to call himself "Don Quixote," whence, as has been already said, the authors
of this veracious history have inferred that his name must have been beyond a doubt Quixada, and not Quesada as others would have it.
To this accidental source of the error may be added the artifice of some celebrated authors
, whose writings have had a great share in forming the modern standard of political opinions.
of the diary and the diary itself are, of course, imaginary.
In conformity with the Act of Congress of the United States entitled, "An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors
and proprietors of such copies, during the times herein mentioned.
The interval, with the exception of the last few months, has been chiefly spent by the author
tossing about on the wide ocean.
is very sensible that, had he confined himself to the latter, always the most effective, as it is the most valuable, mode of conveying knowledge of this nature, he would have made a far better book.
Ide," and whoever wrote them was also the author
of the lines "To Isadore.
It was disposed of to a bookseller, it was even advertised, and why the business proceeded no farther, the author
has never been able to learn.