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" ... idiomatic, forcible, familiar, but never slovenly ; the searching strokes of sarcasm or irony ; the occasional flashes of generous scorn ; the touches of pathos, pity, and tenderness , the morality tempered but never weakened by experience and sympathy... "
Avillion, and other tales, by the author of 'Olive'. - Page 338
by Dinah Maria Craik - 1853
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The English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century and Charity and Humour

William Makepeace Thackeray - Literary Collections - 2007 - 283 pages
...commented with special pleasure at how Thackeray's published lecture-essays, in the words of one critic, "lose much less than we could have expected from the...absence of the voice, manner, and look of the lecturer" (The Spectator, 11 June 1853, p. 566). The chief reason, of course, was the directness, clarity, and...
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The Living Age ..., Volume 38

1853
...sympathy ; the felicitous phrases ; the passages of personal allusion to himself or his audience, and of wise practical reflection ; — all these lose...could have expected from the absence of the voice, mauner, and look of the lecturer. To those who attended the lectures the book will be a pleasant reminiscence,...
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