Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Daily Dose

From Christmas Books & Ballads, by William Makepeace Thackeray


"The reader is worthless for liking a book of which all the characters are worthless, except two, which are offered to his respectful admiration; and of these two the author does not respect one, but struggles not to laugh in his face; whilst he apparently speaks of another in a tone of religious reverence because the lady is a countess, and because he (the author) is a sneak."

From The Preface to the Second Edition, Being an Essay on Thunder and Small Beer, fromThe Kikleburys on the Rhine

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