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" It is therefore not a sufficient vindication of a character that it is drawn as it appears; for many characters ought never to be drawn: nor of a narrative, that the train of events is agreeable to observation and experience; for that observation which... "
Encyclopaedia Britannica; Or A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and ... - Page 73
1823
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Essays from the Rambler, Adventurer, and Idler

Samuel Johnson - 1968 - 400 pages
...be drawn; nor of a narrative, that the train of events is agreeable to observation and experience, for that observation which is called knowledge of...hazard; to teach the means of avoiding the snares which are laid by Treachery for Innocence, without infusing any wish for that superiority with which the...
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Jane Austen: Bicentenary Essays

John Halperin - 1975 - 352 pages
...convey the knowledge of vice and virtue with more efficacy than axioms and definitions, (in, pp. 21-2) The purpose of these writings is surely not only to...hazard; to teach the means of avoiding the snares which are laid by Treachery for Innocence, without infusing any wish for that superiority with which the...
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Sources of Dramatic Theory: Volume 2, Voltaire to Hugo

D. J. Conacher - 1991 - 298 pages
...of the 208 issues were written by Johnson himself. Number 4 is dated Saturday. 31 March 1 750. ence; for that observation which is called knowledge of...much more frequently to make men cunning than good (b) From the notes on King Lear*! The injury done by Edmund to the simplicity of the action is abundantly...
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Richardson's 'Clarissa' and the Eighteenth-Century Reader

Tom Keymer - 2004 - 300 pages
...the world mimetically but to equip the reader for life within it - their power, in Johnson's words, 'not only to show mankind, but to provide that they may be seen hereafter with less hazard'.23 The main body of the book pursues this analysis by a close study of Clarissa, In three chapters...
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Tobias Smollett: The Critical Heritage

Lionel Kelly - 1995 - 399 pages
...observation and experience; for that observation \vhich is called o I knowledge of the \vorld, \vill be found much more frequently to make men cunning...The purpose of these writings is surely not only to shew mankind, but to provide that they may beseen hereafter with less hazard; to teach the means of...
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The Age of Reasons: Quixotism, Sentimentalism, and Political Economy in ...

Wendy Motooka - 1998 - 302 pages
...be drawn; nor of a natrative, that the train of evenrs is agreeable to observation and expetience, for that observation which is called knowledge of the -world, will be found much more frequenrly to make men cunning than good.1 Fielding's fiction, Johnson suspecrs, will not defend virtue...
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Should You Read Shakespeare?: Literature, Popular Culture & Morality

Anne Waldron Neumann - 1999 - 196 pages
...Johnson praises realistic novels because they provide an artificial experience for youthful readers: The purpose of these writings is surely not only to...they may be seen hereafter with less hazard; ... to initiate youth by mock encounters in the art of necessary defence, and to increase prudence without...
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