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" ... discourse, or distract you so that you cannot go on, and by consequence, if they cannot be as witty as you are, they can hinder your being any wittier than they are. Thus, if you talk of a candle, he  "
The Spectator - Page 114
1718
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The Spectator: ...

1737
...to them, they can turn the Difcourfe, or diftract you fo that you cannot go on, and by confequence if they cannot be as witty as you are, they can hinder your beinr being any wittier than they are. Thus if you talk of a Candle, he can deal with you ; and if...
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The Spectator, Volume 7

English essays - 1753
...fpoken to them, they can turn the Difcourfe, or difiract you fo that you cannot go on, and by conference if they cannot be as witty as you are, they can hinder...talk of a Candle, he can deal with you ; and if you afk to help you to fame Bread, a Punfter mould think himfdlf very ill-bnd if he did not ; and if he...
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Harrison's British Classicks, Volume 5

1786
...fo that you cannot go on, and by confequence if they cannot be as witty as you are, they can hindst your being any wittier than they are. Thus if you...talk of a candle, he can deal with you ; and if you aflc him to help \ ou to fome bread, a punfter fhouJd think himfelf very ill bred if he did notí and...
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The British Essayists: The Spectator

Alexander Chalmers - English essays - 1802
...to them, they can turn the discourse, or distract you so that you cannot go on, and by consequence, if they cannot be as witty as you are, they can hinder...a candle, he ' can deal' with you ; and if you ask him to help you to some bread, a punster should think himself very ' ill-bred' if he did not; and if...
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Select British Classics, Volume 17

English literature - 1803
...spoke to them, they can turn the discourse or distract you so that you cannot go on, and by consequence if they cannot be as witty as you are, they can hinder...of a candle, he can deal with you ; and if you ask him to help you to some bread, a punster should think himself very ill-bred if he did not ; and if...
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The British Essayists;: Spectator

Alexander Chalmers - English essays - 1808
...they can turn the discourse, or distract you so that you cannot go on, and by consequence, if they can be as witty as you are, they can hinder your being...candle, he ' can deal ' with you ; and if you ask him to help you to some bread, a punster should think himself very ' ill-bred' if he did not-; and...
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The British Essayists, Volume 13

Alexander Chalmers - English essays - 1808
...they can turn the discourse, or distract you so that you cannot go on, and by consequence, if they can be as witty as you are, they can hinder your being...they are. Thus, if you talk of a candle, he ' can deal'with you; and if you ask him to help you to some bread, a punster should think himself very '...
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The Spectator, Volume 8

Alexander Chalmers - 1810
...to them, they can turn the discourse, or distract you* so that you cannot go on, and by consequence, if they cannot be as witty as you are, they can hinder you being any wittier than they are. Thus, if you talk <Jf a candle, he 'can deal' with you ; and if...
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The British Essayists; with Prefaces, Historical and Biographical,: The ...

English essays - 1810
...to them, they can turn the discourse, or distract you so that you cannot go on, and by consequence, if they cannot be as witty as you are, they can hinder you being any wittier than they are. Thus, if you talk of a candle, he ' can deal' with you ; and if...
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Elegant extracts: a copious selection of passages from the most ..., Volume 5

Elegant extracts - 1812
...to them, they can turn the discourse, or distract you so that yon cannot go on, and by consequence, if they cannot be as witty as you are, they can hinder...a candle, he ' can deal' with you; and if you ask him to help you to some bread, a punster should think himself very ' illbred' if he did not ; and if...
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