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Egotistical they have been pronounced by some who did not know, that what he
tells us, as of himself, was often true only (historically) of another; as in a former
Essay (to save many instances) — where under the first person (his favourite ...
The informal habit of his mind, joined to an inveterate impediment of speech,
forbade him to be an orator; and he seemed determined that no one else should
play that part when he was present. He was petit and ordinary in his person and ...
Hence, not many persons of science, and few professed literati, were of his
councils. They were, for the most part, persons of an uncertain fortune ; and, as to
such people commonly nothing is more obnoxious than a gentleman of settled ...
... tore him from academical pursuits for ever. To a person unacquainted with our
Universities, the distance between the gownsmen and the townsmen, as they are
16 POOR RELATIONS.
... character opposed to it), and convert what was meant for mirth, rather than
belief, into a downright piece of impertinence indeed, which would raise no
diversion in us, but rather stir pain, to see inflicted in earnest upon any unworthy
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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