Table-talk; To Which Are Added Imaginary Conversations Of Pope And Swift

Paperback | January 15, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1879. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CONVERSATION OP SWIFT AND POPE. 221 CONVERSATION OF SWIFT AND POPE. RECORDED BY THE SAME VISITOR. July 15, 1727. At length the dies optanda came. Shall I confess my weakness? I could do nothing all the morning but walk about, now reading something of the Dean's or Mr. Pope's, and now trying to think of some smart things to say at dinner! I did not say one of them. Tes, I made an observation on Sannazarius, which was well received. I must not forget the boatman who took me across the water from Sutton. "Young gentleman," says he, "if I may make so bold, I will tell you a piece of my mind." "Well, pray do." "Why, I'm thinking you're going to see your sweetheart, or else the great poet yonder, Mr. Pope." "Why so?" said I, laughing. "Why," said he, "your eyes are all in a sparkle, and you seem in a woundy hurry." I told him he had guessed it. He is in the habit of taking visitors over; great lords, he said, and grand ladies from court; "and very merry, too, for all that." He mentioned Dr. Swift, Mr. Gay, and others. Upon asking if Dr. Swift was not one of the great writers, "Ay, ay," said he, "let him alone, I warrant him: he's a strange gentleman." The boatman told me that one day the Dean, "as they called him," quarreled with him about a halfpenny. His Reverence made him tack about for some whimsey or other, and then would not pay him his due, because he did not tell him what the fare was the moment he asked. "So his Deanship left a cloak in the boat, and I took it up to him to Mr. Pope's house, and he came out and said, 'Well, sirrah, there's some use in frightening you sneaking rascals, for you bring us back our goods.' So I thought it very strange; and says I, 'Your Reverence thinks I was frightened, eh?' 'Yes,' says he, as sharp as a needle; 'haven't you done ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1879. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CONVERSATION OP SWIFT AND POPE. 221 CONVERSATION OF SWIFT AND POPE. RECORDED BY THE SAME VISITOR. July 15, 1727. At length the dies o...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217056679

ISBN - 13:9780217056670

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