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" ... [He might have said the same of writers too, if he had pleased.] In the lowest form he places those whom he calls les petits esprits, such things as are our upper-gallery audience in a playhouse ; who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit, prefer... "
The Works of John Dryden: Now First Collected in Eighteen Volumes - Page 201
by John Dryden, Walter Scott - 1821
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The British essayists; with prefaces by A. Chalmers, Volume 7

British essayists - 1802
...as are our upper-gallery audience in a playhouse; who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit, and prefer a quibble, a conceit, an epigram, before solid...we know already who would carry it. But though they made the greatest appearance in the field, and cried the loudest, the best on it is, they are but a...
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The British Essayists: The Spectator

Alexander Chalmers - English essays - 1802
...in a playhouse; who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit, and prefer a quib.ble, a con-; ceit, an epigram, before solid sense and elegant expression....we know already who would carry it. But though they made the greatest appearance in the field, ana cried the loudest, the best on it is, they are but a...
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Selections from the Spectator, Tatler, Guardian, and Freeholder: Selections ...

English essays - 1804
...upper-gallery audience in a playhouse ; who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit, 'prefer a quibble, * conceit, an epigram, before solid sense and elegant...we know already who would carry it. But though they made the greatest appearance in the fi':ld, and ery the loudest, the best on it is, they are but a...
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The British Essayists, Volume 7

Alexander Chalmers - English essays - 1808
...are our upper-gallery audience in a playhouse ; who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit, and prefer a quibble, a conceit, an epigram, before solid...we know already who would carry it. But though they made the greatest appearance in the field, and cried the loudest, the best on it is, they are but a...
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The Works of John Dryden: Now First Collected ...

John Dryden, Walter Scott - English literature - 1808
...calls les petits esprits — such things as are our upper-gallery audience in a playhouse, who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit ; prefer a quibble,...readers. If Virgil and Martial stood for parliament-men, Ave know already who would carry it. But, though they make the greatest appearance in the field, and...
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Pope's Homer's Iliad and Odyssey ; Dryden's Virgil and Juvenal ; Pitt's ...

Alexander Chalmers - English poetry - 1810
...cH les petits esprits : such things aj are our uppergallery audience in a play-house: who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit ; prefer a quibble,...before solid sense, and elegant expression : these are mob-readers : if Virgil and Martial stood for parliament-men, we know already who would carry it. But...
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The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper;: Pope's Homer's ...

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1810
...are очг uppergallery audience in a play-house: who like nuthing but the husk and rind of it ; prefer a quibble, a conceit, an epigram, before solid sense, and elegant expression : these arc mob-readers : if Virgil and Martial stood for parliament-men, we knuv alrvVidy who would carry...
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The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including ..., Volume 19

Alexander Chalmers - English poetry - 1810
...quibble, в conceit, an epigram, before solid sense, and elegant expression: these are mob-readers: if Virgil and Martial stood for parliament-men, we know already who would carry t. But though they make the greatest appearance in the field, and cry (be loudest, the best on it...
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The Spectator [by J. Addison and others]: with sketches of the lives of the ...

Spectator The - 1816
...are our upper-gallery audience in a playhouse : who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit, and prefer a quibble, a conceit, an epigram, before solid...we know already who would carry it. But though they made the greatest appearance in the field, and cried the loudest, the best on it is, they are but a...
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The British essayists; to which are prefixed prefaces by J ..., Volumes 1-13

British essayists - 1819
...as are our upper-gallery audience in a playhouse; who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit, and prefer a quibble, a conceit, an epigram, before solid...we know already who would carry it. But though they made the greatest appearance in the field, and cried the loudest, the best on it is, they are but a...
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