Headlong Hall

Headlong Hall

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Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

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o the various arts of life, which, in their rapid and interminable progress, will finally conduct every individual of the race to the philosophic pinnacle of pure and perfect felicity."

"In the controversy concerning animal and vegetable food," said Mr Jenkison, "there is much to be said on both sides; and, the question being in equipoise, I content myself with a mixed diet, and make a point of eating whatever is placed before me, provided it be good in its kind."

In this opinion his two brother philosophers practically coincided, though they both ran down the theory as highly detrimental to the best interests of man.

"I am really astonished," said the Reverend Doctor Gaster, gracefully picking off the supernal fragments of an egg he had just cracked, and clearing away a space at the top for the reception of a small piece of butter--"I am really astonished, gentlemen, at the very heterodox opinions I have heard you deliver: since nothing can be more obvious than that all animals were created solely a

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A very witty and humorous book by a master of language. Most entertaining, and, at least for me, the best of his fine stories. Little plot, but in need of none, as the conversational jousting between a gathering of eccentric individuals in Headlong Hall, is enough in itself. In a later work, Nightmare Abby, Peacock took on the foibles of his friends, Coleridge and Shelly, who nevertheless remained his friends! A good read.