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" If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account; or why it may not be as safe to turn the eye immediately upon mankind as upon a ' mirror which shows all that presents itself without discrimination. "
Encyclopaedia Britannica; Or A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and ... - Page 73
1823
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: An essay on the life and genius of ...

Samuel Johnson - 1837 - 630 pages
...discoloured by passion, or deformed by wickedness If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account : or why...safe to turn the eye immediately upon mankind as upon I mirror which shows all that presents itself with, out discrimination. It is therefore not a sufficient...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

Samuel Johnson - 1840
...discoloured by passion, or deformed by wickedness If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account or why it...be as safe to turn the eye immediately upon mankind ts upon mirror which shows all that presents itsell without discrimination. It is therefore not a sufficient...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: With and Essay on His Life ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy - 1842
...discoloured by passion, or deformed by wickedness If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account : or why...safe to turn the eye immediately upon mankind as upon l ! mirror which shows all that presents itself without discrimination. It is therefore not a sufficient...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: With an Essay on His Life and ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy - 1843
...read the account : or why it may not be as safe to turn the eye immediately upon mankind as upon i mirror which shows all that presents itself without...discrimination. It is therefore not a sufficient vindication of . character, that it is drawn as it appears; foi many characters ought never to be drawn ; no of a...
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The American Biblical Repository

1843 - 520 pages
...novelists. They are generally censured for drawing unnatural pictures of real life. It is not, however, a sufficient vindication of a character that it is drawn as it really exists ; for many characters ought never to be drawn. The conduct of some men is too gross to...
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Biblical Repository and Quarterly Observer

1843 - 1056 pages
...novelists. They are generally censured for drawing unnatural pictures of real life. It is not, however, a sufficient vindication of a character that it is drawn as it really exists ; for many characters ought never to be drawn. The conduct of some men is too gross to...
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Selections from the Works of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1909 - 562 pages
...discolored by passion, or deformed by wickedness. If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account; or why...upon mankind as upon a mirror which shows all that 15 presents itself without discrimination. It is therefore not a sufficient vindication of a character,...
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On Falling in Love: & Other Matters

Alfred Turner - 1916 - 253 pages
...to " The Rambler." In this same publication there is a paper dated 1750 written to show that it is not a sufficient vindication of a character that it is drawn as it appears ; for, contends the author of " Rasselas "— " many characters ought never to be drawn . . . and the purpose...
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Johnson the Essayist, His Opinions on Men, Morals and Manners: A Study

Octavius Francis Christie - 1924 - 296 pages
...nature, which are most proper for imitation." 5 " If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account : or why it may not be safe to turn the eye immediately upon mankind as upon a mirrour which shows all that presents itself...
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A History of Modern Criticism 1750-1950: Volume 1, The Later Eighteenth Century

René Wellek - 1981 - 378 pages
...standards. He recognizes that realism is not enough. "If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account: or why...all that presents itself without discrimination." " His usual remedy is moral selection. But this moral selection is assumed to proceed to "general and...
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