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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 Works of Virgil, Translated Into English Verse, by John Dryden ..., Volume 1

Virgil - 1819
...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, a conceit, an epigram, before solid sense and telegant expression : these are mob readers. If Virgil and Martial stood for parliament-men, we know...
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The Spectator: With Notes, and a General Index. The Eight Volumes Comprised ...

Spectator (London, England : 1711) - 1822 - 771 pages
...as are our uppergallery audience in a playhouse ; who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit, and oseph 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 Poets: Including Translations ...

British poets - Classical poetry - 1822
...he calls Its petits esprits— such things as our tipper-gallery audience in a playhouse, who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit; prefer a quibble,...these are mob readers. If Virgil and Martial stood for parliament men, we know already who would carry it. But, though they make the greatest appearance in...
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The British Poets: Including Translations ...

British poets - Classical poetry - 1822
...like nothing but the husk and rind of wit; prefer a qnibble, a conceit, an epigram, before solid seuse and elegant expression: these are mob readers. If Virgil and Martial stood for parliament men, we know already who would carry it. But, though they make the greatest appearance in...
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The British Essayists: Spectator

James Ferguson - English essays - 1823
...are oar upper-gallery audience in a play-house; 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, with prefaces by A. Chalmers, Volumes 5-6

British essayists - 1823
...things as 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...These are mob readers. If Virgil and Martial stood for parament-men, we know already who would carry itut though they made the greatest appearance in the...
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The Spectator, Volume 1

Joseph Addison - 1824
...are our upper-gallery auclience in a play-house; who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit, and prefer a quibble, a conceit, an epigram, before solid...these are mob readers. If Virgil and Martial stood for parliament men, we know already who would carry it. But though they made the greatest appearance in...
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The Spectator: With Sketches of the Lives of the Authors, an Index ..., Volume 2

Spectator (London, England : 1711) - 1824
...au44 THE SPECTATOR. No. 62. dience in a play-house; who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit, and prefer a quibble, a conceit, an epigram, before solid...these are mob readers. If Virgil and Martial stood for parliament men, we know already who would carry it. But though they made the greatest appearance in...
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Laconics: Or, The Best Words of the Best Authors

Laconics, John Timbs - Aphorisms and apothegms - 1829
...as ore our uppergallery 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, me best of it is, they are but a...
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Laconics: Or, The Best Words of the Best Authors

Laconics, John Timbs - Aphorisms and apothegms - 1829
...as are our uppergallery audience, in a playhouse; who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit, and prefer a quibble, a conceit, an epigram, before solid...Martial stood for parliament-men, we know already who woidd carry it. But though they made the greatest appearance in the field, and cried the loudest, the...
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