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writing, for having brought her son to the gallows, to bear them more ill will than I do. -To-morrow morning, then, I beg we may talk over our studies, together, in my library aforesaid.
Sen. Well proposed :-you may expect me.
DIALOGUE THE EIGHTH.
MISERIES OF READING AND WRITING.
Testy, Senior and Junior.-Sensitive. (Testy's
house at Highgate.)
Testy. [Throwing the book which he had been reading into the fire, as he sees Sensitive enter.]
Get you gone, and be burnt, for your pains! -Here, Sensitive, take a Misery warm from the heart, while I am still suffering under it; -I will follow it with a cluster of others.
GROAN 1. (T.) Reading over a passage in an author, for the hundredth time, without coming an inch nearer to the meaning of it at the last reading, than at the first ;-then passing over it in despair, but without being able to enjoy the rest of the book, from the painful consciousness of your own real or supposed stupidity.
Sen. Not to mention your perpetual, but fruitless returns to the plaguy passage in the course of your miserable
2. (T.) As you are reading drowsily by the fire, letting your book fall into the ashes, so as to lose your place, rumple and grime the leaves, and throw out your papers of reference; then, on rousing and recollecting yourself, finding that you do not know a syllable of what you have been winking over for the last hour.
3. (T.) In reading a new and interesting book, being reduced to make a paper-knife of your finger.
4. (T.) Unfolding a very complicated map in a borrowed book of value, and, notwithstanding all your care, enlarging the small rent you originally made in it, every time you open it.
Sen. Apropos of maps :
5. (S.) Hunting on a cold scent, in a map for a placem in a book for a passage-in a variety of Dictionaries for a word:- clean thrown out at last.
6. (S.) Reading a comedy aloud, “by particular desire." when you are half asleep, and quite stupid.
7. (T.) In attempting, at a strange house, to take down a large book from a high, crowded shelf, bringing half the library upon your nose.
8. (S.) Mining through a subject, or science, “invitâ (or rather exosá) Minerva,”-purely from the shame of ignorance.
9. (S.) Receiving, “ from the author," a book equally heavy in the literal, and the figurative sense; accompanied with intreaties that you would candidly set down in writing your detailed opinions of it in
all its parts.
10. (S.) Reading a borrowed book so terribly well bound, that you are obliged to peep your way through it, for fear of breaking the stitches, or the leather, if you fairly open it; and which, consequently, shuts with a spring, if left for a moment to itself.
11. (T.) Yes :-or, after you have been long reading the said book close by the fire, (which is not quite so ceremonious as you are about opening it,) attempting in vain to shut it, the covers violently flapping back in a warped curve-in counteracting which, you crack the leather irreparably, in a dozen places.
12. (S.) On taking a general survey of your disordered library, for the purpose of re-arranging it,-finding a variety of broken sets, and odd volumes, of valuable works, which you had supposed to be complete;—and then, after screwing up your brows upon it for an hour, finding yourself wholly unable to recollect to whom any one of the missing books has been lent, or even to guess what has become of them; and, at the same time, without having the smallest hope of ever being able to replace them.Likewise,
13. (S.) Your pamphlets and loose printed sheets daily