TO MISS MINNIE DIXIE. Charles. Fly! and wherefore? My work was various. I wrote much on the subject of the American War, on which my feelings were at the time very keen 鈥?subscribing, if I remember right, my name to all that I wrote. I contributed also some sets of sketches, of which those concerning hunting found favour with the public. They were republished afterwards, and had a considerable sale, and may, I think, still be recommended to those who are fond of hunting, as being accurate in their description of the different classes of people who are to be met in the hunting-field. There was also a set of clerical sketches, which was considered to be of sufficient importance to bring down upon my head the critical wrath of a great dean of that period. The most ill-natured review that was ever written upon any work of mine appeared in the Contemporary Review with reference to these Clerical Sketches. The critic told me that I did not understand Greek. That charge has been made not unfrequently by those who have felt themselves strong in that pride-producing language. It is much to read Greek with ease, but it is not disgraceful to be unable to do so. To pretend to read it without being able 鈥?that is disgraceful. The critic, however, had been driven to wrath by my saying that Deans of the Church of England loved to revisit the glimpses of the metropolitan moon. ???A wanton Girl there were, 久久色悠悠综合网,色姐妹综合网,色久久综合网 O鈥橲han. I鈥檒l blow your brains out, I will! [Aside.] He can鈥檛 guess that it鈥檚 not loaded. 鈥業t isn鈥檛 the act of a gentleman,鈥?he said. 鈥楤ut they鈥檝e just told me that I鈥檓 not one, or they would have elected me. They will like to know how right they are.鈥? She told them, That although her Crimes render'd her too confus'd to relate her Story; yet, her distressed Condition obliged her to an undisguised Recital. 鈥業 hope it won鈥檛 happen again,鈥?he said. 鈥業 cannot allow unpunctuality. Open the rest of the letters, and give me them.鈥? I began my own studies on the subject with works much earlier than Robinson Crusoe, and made my way through a variety of novels which were necessary for my purpose, but which in the reading gave me no pleasure whatever. I never worked harder than at the Arcadia, or read more detestable trash than the stories written by Mrs. Aphra Behn; but these two were necessary to my purpose, which was not only to give an estimate of the novels as I found them, but to describe how it had come to pass that the English novels of the present day have become what they are, to point out the effects which they have produced, and to inquire whether their great popularity has on the whole done good or evil to the people who read them. I still think that the book is one well worthy to be written.