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The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb, Volume 2

Elia; and The Last Essays of Elia

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Language: English
Wordcount: 190,422 / 565 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.8
LoC Category: PN
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nding of the body forwards, which, in great men, must be supposed to be the effect of an habitual condescending attention to the applications of their inferiors. While he held you in converse, you felt strained to the height in the colloquy. The conference over, you were at leisure to smile at the comparative insignificance of the pretensions which had just awed you. His intellect was of the shallowest order. It did not reach to a saw or a proverb. His mind was in its original state of white paper. A sucking babe might have posed him. What was it then? Was he rich? Alas, no! Thomas Tame was very poor. Both he and his wife looked outwardly gentlefolks, when I fear all was not well at all times within. She had a neat meagre person, which it was evident she had not sinned in over-pampering; but in its veins was noble blood. She traced her descent, by some labyrinth of relationship, which I never thoroughly understood,--much less can explain with any heraldic certainty at this time of day,--to the illustrious, bu

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