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Addison and Steele Æneid appeared Battle of Blenheim better Bickerstaff born called Captain Sentry Cato character club College Countess of Warwick court Coverley papers death Defoe died discourse Dryden Edited England English Essay famous father fortune friend Sir Roger gentleman give honest honor humor introduction and notes Isaac Bickerstaff John Dryden JOSEPH ADDISON kind King knight lady Leontine literary literature lives London look Macaulay manner master ment mind never numbers observe particular Partridge passion person pleased pleasure poem political Pope Portrait Professor Queen Anne reader Richard Steele Roger de Coverley Roxbury Latin School satire says Sir Roger School seems servants Sir Andrew Sir Richard Baker Spectator Steele's Swift Tatler tell thou thought tion told VIRGIL volume Whig whole widow Wimble woman writing wrote young
Page xxxi - Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And without sneering, teach the rest to sneer; Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike...
Page 1 - I HAVE observed, that a reader seldom peruses a book with pleasure, till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor, with other particulars of the like nature, that conduce very much to the right understanding of an author.
Page 33 - As I was walking with him last night, he asked me how I liked the good man whom I have just now mentioned? and without staying for my answer told me, that he was afraid of being insulted with Latin and Greek at his own table; for which reason, he desired a particular friend of his at the university to find him out a clergyman rather of plain sense than much learning, of a good aspect, a clear voice, a sociable temper, and, if possible, a man that understood a little of back-gammon.
Page 13 - I cannot tell whether I am to account him, whom I am next to speak of, as one of our company; for he visits us but seldom, but when he does, it adds to every man else a new enjoyment of himself. He is a clergyman, a very philosophic man, of general learning, great sanctity of life, and the most exact good breeding.
Page xliv - I had never before seen any of them. I bought it, read it over and over, and was much delighted with it. I thought the writing excellent, and wished, if possible, to imitate it.
Page 143 - Shovel ! a very gallant man.' As we stood before Busby's tomb, the knight uttered himself again after the same manner : ' Dr. Busby ! a great man ! he whipped my grandfather ; a very great man...
Page 8 - He is now in his fifty-sixth year, cheerful, gay, and hearty; keeps a good house both in town and country; a great lover of mankind; but there is such a mirthful cast in his behaviour, that he is rather beloved than esteemed. His tenants grow rich, his servants look satisfied, all the young women profess love to him, and the young men are glad of his company.
Page 148 - Upon Pyrrhus his threatening afterwards to leave her, the knight shook his head and muttered to himself, 'Ay, do if you can.' This part dwelt so much upon my friend's imagination, that at the close of the third act, as I was thinking of something else, he whispered in my ear, 'These widows, Sir, are the most perverse creatures in the world. But pray,' says he, 'you that are a critic, is this play according to your dramatic rules, as you call them?
Page 68 - The earth must be laboured before it gives its increase, and when it is forced into its several products, how many hands must they pass through before they are fit for use ! Manufactures, trade, and agriculture, naturally employ more than nineteen parts of the species in twenty...