The workof Henry Jameshas alwaysseemeddivisibleby a simple dynastic arrangement into three reigns:James I, James II, and the Old Pretender.
God bless the King! (I mean our faith's defender!)God bless! (No harm in blessing) the Pretender.But who Pretender is, and who is King,God bless us all! That's quite another thing!john byrom
These Mothers, instead of being able to work for their honest livelihood, are forced to beg Sustenance for their helpless Infants; who, as they grow up either turnThieves for want of Work; or leave their dear native country, to fight for the Pretender in Spain; or sell themselves to the Barbadoes.jonathan swift
Out into the cool of the evening strolls the Pretender. He knows that all his hopes and dreams begin and end there.jackson browne
I had long since insisted upon interpreting the things that Fate forced me to do as victories of my own will and intelligence, and now this bad habit had grown into a sort of frenzied arrogance. In the nature of what I was calling my intelligence there was a touch of something illegitimate, a touch of the sham Pretender who has been placed on the throne by some freak chance. This dolt of a usurper could not foresee the revenge that would inevitably be wreaked upon his stupid despotism.yukio mishima
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