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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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Laconics: Or the Best Words of the Best Authors ...

John Timbs - Aphorisms and apothegms - 1856
...things as 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, the best of it is, they are but a...
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The Spectator

Joseph Addison - 1856
...calls Les Petits Esprits; such things as are our upper-gallery audience in a play -house, 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 Spectator

Joseph Addison - 1856
...he calls Les Petits Esprits; such things as are our upper-gallery audience in a play-house, 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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Laconics, Or The Best Words of the Best Authors

1856
...things as 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...These are mob readers. If Virgil and Martial stood for iarliament-men, we know already who would carry it. Jut though they made the greatest appearance in...
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The Spectator [by J. Addison and others].

Spectator The - 1857
...are our uppcr-gallerv audience in a playhouse ; who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit, and eir arms, and lolling on their books, will be taught...may learn to speak deliberately. There is another made the greatest appearance in the field, and cried tnc loudest, the best of it is, they are but a...
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The Works of John Dryden: In Verse and Prose, Volume 2

John Dryden - 1859
...and elegant expression ; — these are moh readers. If Virgil and Martial stood for parliament men, we know already who would carry it. But, though they make the greatest appearance in the field, and ery the loudest, the hest on't is, they are hut a sort of French Huguenots, or Duteh hoors, hrought...
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THE WORKS OF JOSEPH ADDISON

1864
...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...elegant expression. These are mob readers. If Virgil and Martials stood for parliament-men, we know already who would carry it. But though they make the greatest...
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The North American Review, Volume 105

Jared Sparks, Edward Everett, James Russell Lowell, Henry Cabot Lodge - American fiction - 1867
...he calls les petits esprits, — such things as our upper-gallery 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 Joseph Addison

1870
...he calls Les Petits Esprits; such things as are our upper-gallery audience in a play-house, who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit, prefer a quibble,...and elegant expression : these are mob readers. If Yirgil and Martial stood for parliament men, we know already who would carry it. But though they make...
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Selections from Addison's papers contributed to the Spectator, ed. by T. Arnold

Joseph Addison - 1875
...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 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 10 carry it....
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