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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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Selections from Addison's Papers Contributed to the Spectator

Joseph Addison - Great Britain - 1875 - 528 pages
...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 carry it. But...
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The Works of Joseph Addison: Including the Whole Contents of Bp. Hurd's ...

Joseph Addison - 1880
...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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English Prose, Volume 3

Sir Henry Craik - English prose literature - 1894
...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,...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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English Prose: Selections : with Critical Introductions by Various ..., Volume 3

Sir Henry Craik - English prose literature - 1894
...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,...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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English Prose: Selections, Volume 3

Sir Henry Craik - English prose literature - 1894
...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,...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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Selections from the Spectator of Addison and Steele

A. Meserole - 1896 - 410 pages
...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...we know already who would carry it. But though they made the greatest appearance in the field, and cried the loudest, the besfof it is, they are but a...
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The Spectator, Volume 1

George Gregory Smith - 1897
...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,...before solid Sense and elegant Expression? These are Mob'Readers* If Virgil and Martial stood for Parliament' Men Men, we know already who would carry it...
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The Spectator, Volume 1

George Atherton Aitken - 1898
...are our upper-gallery audience in a playhouse ; who like nothing but the husk and rind of witjjDrefer a quibble, a conceit, an epigram, before solid sense and elegant expression : these are mobreaders. If Virgil and Martial stood for parliamentmen, we know already who would carry it. But...
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Essays and Tales

Joseph Addison - 1901 - 192 pages
...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 Ptrliament-men, we know already who would carry it. But though they made the greatest appearance in...
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Dedication of Examen poeticum. A discourse concerning the original and ...

John Dryden - Criticism - 1900
...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,...elegant expression. These are mob readers : if Virgil 30 and Martial stood for Parliament-men, we know already who would carry it. But, though they make...
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