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The Works of Charles Lamb

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Pages: 486

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Charles Lamb

Excerpt from book: old Fuller) between him and C. V. Le G , " which two I behold like a Spanish great galleon, and an English man of war : Master Coleridge, like the former, wac huilt far higher in learning, solid, but slow in his performances. C. V. L,, with the English man-of-war, lesser in bulk, but lighter in sailing, could turn with all tides, tack about, and take advantage of all winds, by the quickness of his wit and invention." Nor shall thou. their compeer, be quickly forgotten, Allen, with a cordial smile, and still more cordial laugh, with which thou wert wont to make the old cloisters shake, in thy cognition of some poignant jest of theirs: or the anticipation of some more material, and, peradventure, practical one of thine own. Extinct are those smiles, with that beautiful countenance, with which, (for thou wert the Nireus formosus of the school,) in the days of thy maturer waggery, thou didst disarm the wrath of infuriated town damsel, who, incensed by provoking pinch, turning tigresslike round, suddenly converted by thy angel look, exchanged the half-formed, terrible " bl " for a gentler greeting—" Bless thy handsome face !" Next follow two, who ought to be now alive, and the friends of Elia—the junior Le G and F : who, impelled, the former by a roving temper, the latter by too quick a sense of neglect—ill capable of enduring the slights poor sizers are sometimes subject to in our seats of learning, exchanged their alma mater for the camp: perishing, one by climate, and one on the plains of Salamanca : Le G , sanguine, volatile, sweet natured : F , dogged, faithful, anticipative of insult, warm hearted, with something of the old Roman height about him. Fine, frank-hearted Fr , the present master of Hertford, with Marmaduke T , mildest of missionarie...  

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