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Count Fathom, part 1

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Author: Tobias Smollett
Published: 1753
Language: English
Wordcount: 80,907 / 244 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 46.5
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,035
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overturned "with a hideous crash" at such danger to himself, "that he did not believe he should ever hazard himself again in any sort of wheel carriage." He turned off his men for maids, because "men servants are generally impudent, lazy, debauched, or dishonest." To avoid the din of the street, he shifted his lodgings into a quiet, obscure court. And so forth and so on, in the true Smollett vein.

But, after all, such of the old sparks are struck only occasionally. Apart from its plot, which not a few nineteenth-century writers of detective-stories might have improved, The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom is less interesting for itself than any other piece of fiction from Smollett's pen. For a student of Smollett, however, it is highly interesting as showing the author's romantic, melodramatic tendencies, and the growth of his constructive technique.

G. H. MAYNADIER


THE ADVENTURES OF FERDINAND COUNT FATHOM


TO DOCTOR ------

You and I, my good friend, have often

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