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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 World's Best Essays: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time, Volume 1

David Josiah Brewer, Edward Archibald Allen, William Schuyler - English essays - 1900
...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 parliament men, we know already who would carry it. But though they made the greatest appearance in...
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Chamber's Cyclopædia of English Literature, Volume 2

Robert Chambers - American literature - 1902
...calls L,-s Petits Esprits : Mich things as are our upper gallery audience in a play-house ; who like @ ! mob-readers. If Virgil and Martial stood for Parliament-teen, we know already who would carry it. Hut...
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Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature: A History Critical and ...

Robert Chambers - American literature - 1902
...calls Lts Petits Esprits ; such things as are our upper-gallery audience in a play-house ; who like of mob-readers. If Virgil and Martial stood for Parliament-men, we know already who would carry it. But...
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Crowned Masterpieces of Literature that Have Advanced Civilization ..., Volume 1

David Josiah Brewer - English literature - 1902
...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 parliament men, we know already who would carry it. But though they made the greatest appearance in...
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The poetical works of John Dryden

John Dryden - 1909 - 1056 pages
...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,...Parliament-men, we know already who would carry it. But, tho' they make the greatest appearance in the field, and cry the loudest, the best on't is, they are...
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Virgil's Æneid

Virgil - Aeneas (Legendary character) - 1909 - 432 pages
...he calls les petits espriis; such things as are our uppergallery audience in a playhouse, who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit; prefer a quibble,...Parliamentmen, we know already who would carry it. But, tho' they make the greatest appearance in the field, and cry the loudest, the best on't is, they are...
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The Poetical Works of John Dryden

John Dryden - English poetry - 1909 - 1056 pages
...calls Its petits esprils ; such tilings as are our upper-gallery audience in a playhouse, who like year Parliament-ir.en, we know already who would carry it. But, tho' they make the greatest appearance in...
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The Poetical Works of John Dryden

John Dryden - English poetry - 1909 - 1056 pages
...conceit, an epigram, before solid sen=e and elegant expression ; these are mob readers. If \7irgil and Martial stood for Parliament-men, we know already who would carry it. But, tho' they make the greatest appearance in the field, and cry the loudest, the best on 't is, they are...
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English Prose: Seventeenth century

Sir Henry Craik - English literature - 1917
...calls les petits esprits, such things as are our upper-gallery audience in a playhouse ; \vho 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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Glossary of John Dryden's Critical Terms

H. James Jensen - Literary Criticism - 1969 - 135 pages
...pretense to wit imaginable" (II. 28); "Gross raillery is mistakenly called wit" (II. 99); "Those who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit . . . prefer...epigram, before solid sense and elegant expression" (II. 179). Although this kind of wit may be flashy or brilliant, it is not as substantial as wit of...
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