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“The great happiness of being known to posterity”

I’ve been considering trying to get somewhat famous recently. There’s a reason, which I’ll discuss at some point in the near future (I’m avoiding it), but for now, let’s consider something Henry Fielding * wrote in Tom Jones: The great … Continue reading

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I’m sure we all know someone like this “very sagacious fellow.”

When I ran into this fairly dazzling character description in Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones, I said, “Wow,” and began thinking about similar people I’ve run into. It’s one way to give an impression of being the only smart guy in … Continue reading

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How vile is slander? This vile

Vice hath not, I believe, a more abject slave; society produces not a more odious vermin; nor can the devil receive a guest more worthy of him, nor possibly more welcome to him, than a slanderer. The world, I am … Continue reading

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