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In the latter it is chance but some present human frailty - an act of inattention on
the part of some of the auditory — or a trait of affectation , or worse , vain - glory ,
on that of the preacher - puts us by our best thoughts , disharmonising the place ...
Nor has this been any sort of affectation , as some have thought it , but a mere
want of desire or humour to make so small a remove ; for when I am in this corner
, I can truly say with Horace , Me quoties reficit , fc . “ Me , when the cold
... prettinesses heightened by consternation ; the courtier ' s fear which was
flattery , and the lady ' s which was affectation ; all that we may conceive to have
taken place in a mob of Brighton courtiers , sympathising with the well - acted
There is absolutely no such thing as reading , but by a candle . We have tried the
affectation of a book at noon - day in gardens , and in sultry arbours ; but it was
labour thrown away . Those gay motes in the beam come about you , hovering ...
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Oh, my, these are hilarious! A collection of essays by Lamb's imaginary friend, an eclectic, off-beat and highly opinionated persona. The preface, bemoaning the death of the imaginary friend while ... Read full review