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Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson, Ll.D., During the Last Twenty Years of His Life
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Publisher Greenwood Pub Group
Publication date June 1, 1971
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780837131382
ISBN-10 0837131383
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
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Original list price $61.95
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Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1786 edition. Excerpt: ... (says Johnson), so she cried till she lost all power of restraining her tears: other women are forced to outlive their hufbands, who were just as much beloved, depend on it; but they have no time for grief: and I doubt not, if we had put my Lady Tavistock into a small chandler's shop, and given her a nursechild to tend, her life would have been saved. The poor and the busy have no leisure for sentimental sorrow." We were speaking of a gentleman who loved his friend--" Make him prime minister (says Johnson) and see how long his friend will be remembered." But he had a rougher answer for me, when I commended a sermon preached by an intimate acquaintance of our own at the trading end of the town. "What was the subject, Madam (says Dr. Johnson)?" Friendship, Sir (replied I). "Why now, is it not strange that a wife man, like our dear little Evans, should take it in his head to preach on such a subject, in a place where no one can be thinking of it I" Why, what are they thinking upon, Sir (said I)? "Why, the men are thinking on their money I suppose, and the women are thinking of their mops." Dr. Johnson's knowledge and esteem of what we call low or coarse life was indeed prodigious; and he did not like that the upper ranks should be dignified with the name of the world. Sir Joshua Reynolds said one day, that nobody wore laced coats now; and that once every body wore them. "See now (says Johnson) how absurd that is; as if the bulk of mankind consisted of fine gentlemen that came to him to sit for their pictures. If every man who wears a laced coat (that he can pay for) was extirpated, who would miss them?" With all this haughty contempt of gentility, no praise was more welcome to Dr. Johnson than that which he said he had the notions or manners of a...

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