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" CAN one help wondering therefore at the contempt, with which many people affect to talk of this sort of composition? they seem to think it degrades the dignity of their understandings, to be found with a novel in their hands, and take great pains to let... "
The History of Pompey the Little: Or, The Life and Adventures of a Lap-dog - Page iv
by Francis Coventry - 1761 - 291 pages
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The microcosm, by the author of 'Vicissitudes in genteel life'.

Eugenia De Acton - 1801
...people " affect to talk of this fort of compofi lion ? " They feem to think it degrades the dig" nity of their underftandings to be found " with a novel...are people of " too great importance, it feems, to mifIC fpend their time in fo idle a manner, " and much too wife to be amufed. " Now though many reafons...
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The British Novelists: With an Essay, and Prefaces, Biographical ..., Volume 23

English literature - 1820
...talk of this sort of composition? They seem to think it degrades the dignity of their understandings, to be found with a novel in their hands, and take...read them. They are people of too great importance to spend their time in so idle a manner, and much too wise to be amused. Though many reasons may be...
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