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The Spectator, vol 1

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Author: Joseph Addison
Co-author: Richard Steele
Published: 1711
Language: English
Wordcount: 322,472 / 930 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.9
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 930
mnybks.net#: 475
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Periodical
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of his childhood, a speculative turn in Addison is naturally stronger than in Steele. He relishes analysis of thought. Steele came as a boy from the rough world of shame and sorrow; his great, kindly heart is most open to the realities of life, the state and prospects of his country, direct personal sympathies; actual wrongs, actual remedies. Addison is sensitive, and has among strangers the reserve of speech and aspect which will pass often for coldness and pride, but is, indeed, the shape taken by modesty in thoughtful men whose instinct it is to speculate and analyze, and who become self-conscious, not through conceit, but because they cannot help turning their speculations also on themselves. Steele wholly comes out of himself as his heart hastens to meet his friend. He lives in his surroundings, and, in friendly intercourse, fixes his whole thought on the worth of his companion. Never abating a jot of his ideal of a true and perfect life, or ceasing to uphold the good because he cannot live to the full

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