The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett book review

The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett

Here’s a book from 1748. It’s about the adventures of a man born in Ireland who meets with many difficulties, goes to sea, attempts to bag a rich woman, falls in love with Narcissa, a young maiden with heaving bosom and pearl tears, goes back to sea, finds his father and fortune by selling negroes from Angola, and marries his sweet heart.

The first half of the book contains the peradventure of great interest. The second half of the book describes Mr. Random’s attempt to bag a rich English woman. A very disagreeable condition, to be a fake gentleman attempting to fool Euro woman with money; Boring and drab characters of the fake European city. The second half of the book is a chore.

The story concludes with a touching happily ever after, being rich with servants, estates, and several thousand pounds to your family name. The End.

I found this author mentioned by Herman Melville in his excellent Omoo novel, the book found in a sailor’s sea chest that he reads in a grass hut on the beach of Tahiti.

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Complete Works of Tobias Smollett (Delphi Classics) by Tobias Smollett

Book last read: 2022-08-12 21:43:56
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Highlight: Romance, no doubt, owes its origin to ignorance, vanity, and superstition.

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Highlight: You and your dogs may be damn’d. I suppose you’ll find them with your old dad, in the latitude of hell.

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Highlight: Come, my boy, don’t be cast down, — the old rascal is in hell,
Notes: Bill Gates

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Highlight: I was to be seconded by two of the strongest boys in the school, who were devoted to me; their business was to join me in dragging the tyrant to a bench, over which he was to be laid, and his bare posteriors heartily flogged, with his own birch,
Notes: The vaccination of bill gates.

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Highlight: I had the satisfaction to find myself in some degree of favour with the ladies; an intoxicating piece of good fortune to one of my amorous complexion!

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Highlight: and our money sewed between the linings and waistbands of our breeches, except some loose silver for our immediate expenses on the road,

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Notes: Tony Fauci

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Notes: CDC admins

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Highlight: for surely the devil had set up his throne in London.
Notes: Central bank wickedness.

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Highlight: But my heart was so steeled against her charms by pride and resentment, which were two chief ingredients in my disposition, that I remained insensible to all her arts; and notwithstanding some advances she made, could not be prevailed upon to yield her the least attention.
Notes: Attaboy.

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Notes: Fake vaccine.

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Highlight: Shaftsbury, Tindal, Hobbes, and all the authors that are remarkable for their deviation from the old way of thinking,

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Notes: Bill Gates

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Highlight: This reflection sank so deep into my soul, that I was for some days deprived of my reason, and actually believed myself in hell, tormented by fiends.
Notes: Fake pandemic, Bill Gates, and face mask people.

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Highlight: I saw no resource but the army or navy, between which I hesitated so long that I found myself reduced to a starving condition.

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Highlight: I was much less surprised that people should die on board, than that a sick person should recover.
Notes: Allopathic medicine is dead.

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Highlight: for he was grossly ignorant, and intolerably assuming, false, vindictive, and unforgiving; a merciless tyrant to his inferiors, an abject sycophant to those above him.
Notes: Bill Gates

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Highlight: So may the farmer hang his kids for his diversion, and amusement, and mirth; but there is such a thing as justice, if not upon earth, surely in heaven, that will punish with fire and primstone all those who take away the lives of innocent people out of wantonness, and parparity (look you).
Notes: Allopathic medicine, Fauci and Gates.

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Highlight: But surely our governors had their reasons for so doing, which possibly may be disclosed with other secrets of the deep.
Notes: Paid off WEF fuckers.

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Highlight: Death was a debt which every man owed, and must pay; and that now was as well as another time.
Notes: The United States Federal Reserve

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Highlight: three-fourths of those whom it invaded died in a deplorable manner; the colour of their skin being, by the extreme putrefaction of the juices, changed into that of soot.
Notes: CDC vaccine.

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Highlight: I took at the beginning, namely, to refuse all medicine, which I could not help thinking co-operated with the disease, and, instead of resisting putrefaction, promoted a total degeneracy of the vital fluid.
Notes: CDC face mask Bill Gates vaccine.

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Highlight: This promise he performed to my heart’s desire, by recommending me to a gentleman of fortune, with whom I have lived ever since in quality of surgeon and overseer to his plantations.

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Highlight: Being thus provided with money and all necessaries for the comfort of life, I began to look upon myself as a gentleman of some consequence, and felt my pride dilate a pace.

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Highlight: but Dick was of opinion that his father should advance first, he being an old man past his labour and, if he received any mischief, the loss would be the smaller; whereas he himself might escape, and be useful, in his generation.
Notes: Fathers in face mask.

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Highlight: I thought proper to conceal under that of John Brown.
Notes: CIA op code. John Brown of Harpers Fairy.

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Highlight: I looked upon it, at this time, as the worst country in the universe for a poor honest man to live in;
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Highlight: . I trust to no creed but the compass, and do unto every man as I would be done by; so that I defy the Pope, the Devil, and the Pretender; and hope to be saved as well as another.

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Highlight: Libertine as I was, I could not bear to see a man behave so wide of the character he assumed.

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Highlight: A thousand times I wished myself a bear, that I might retreat to woods and deserts, far from the inhospitable haunts of man, where I could live by my own talents, independent of treacherous friends and supercilious scorn.

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Highlight: professing himself a desperate slave, who voluntarily underwent the utmost wretchedness and peril, and committed the most flagrant crimes, to soothe the barbarous pride of a fellow-creature, his superior in nothing but the power he derived from the submission of such wretches as him.
Notes: Doctors and nurses.

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Highlight: When I thought of turning merchant, the smallness of our stock, and the risk of seas, enemies, and markets, deterred me from that scheme.
Notes: Prison planet.

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Notes: Covid vaccine.

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Highlight: Not all my tears! not all my affliction! not the inevitable ruin thou hast brought upon me! Where are thy vows, thou faithless, perjured man? Hast thou no honour — no conscience — no remorse for thy perfidious conduct towards me?
Notes: Bill Gates

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Highlight: No, no, you owe your success to your philtres, to your drugs and incantations; and not to your natural talents, which are, in every respect, mean and contemptible.
Notes: Tony Fauci

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Highlight: and damn the world for an envious meddling community, that would not suffer a gentleman to live without molestation.

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Highlight: and he was determined, in an honourable way, to cut the throats of all those who stood between him and his hopes.

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Highlight: though the protuberance of her breast, when considered alone, seemed to drag her forwards, it was easy to perceive an equivalent on her back which balanced the other, and kept her body in equilibrio.

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Highlight: My condition is insupportable!” cried I: “I am distracted with passion! Why are you so exquisitely fair? — why are you so enchantingly good? — why has nature dignified you with charms so much above the standard of woman?

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Highlight: I advanced to her with eagerness and awe; and, profiting by the confusion that prevailed over her, clasped the fair angel in my arms, and imprinted a glowing kiss upon her lips, more soft and fragrant than the dewy rosebud just bursting from the stem!

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Highlight: When any man injures my honour, let the difference of rank
between us be ever so great, I am contented to wave the privilege
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Notes: to bill gates.

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Highlight: I am quite unconcerned; for, while God spares me health and these ten fingers, I can earn a comfortable subsistence anywhere; but what must become of you, who have less humility to stoop, and more appetites to gratify?

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Notes: Change of fortune.

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Notes: A sudden reversal of fortune.

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Highlight: I have made many a good meal upon a monster; a rape has often afforded me great satisfaction; but a murder, well timed, was my never-failing resource.
Notes: Bill Gates

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Highlight: but observed that love was the fruit of idleness, that when once I should be employed in business, and my mind engaged in making money, I should be no more troubled with these silly notions,

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Highlight: and trading along the coast as far to the southward of the Line as Angola and Bengula, in less than six months disposed of the greatest part of our cargo, and purchased four hundred negroes, my adventure having been laid out in gold dust.

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Notes: Indubidibly.

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Highlight: You, whose souls are susceptible of the most delicate impressions, whose tender bosoms have felt the affecting vicissitudes of love, who have suffered an absence of eighteen long months from the dear object of your hope, and found at your return the melting fair as kind and constant as your heart can wish, do me justice on this occasion, and conceive what unutterable rapture possessed us both,

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Highlight: As there is no part of the world in which the peasants are more attached to their lords than in Scotland,

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