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" I HAVE observed, that a reader seldom peruses a book with pleasure, till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor, with other particulars of the like nature, that conduce very... "
Miscellanies... - Page 109
by William Makepeace Thackeray - 1873 - 592 pages
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Harrison's British Classicks, Volume 4

1786
...WITH DAZZLING MIRACLES. RoSCOMMOK. I Have obferved, that a reader fcldom perufes a book with pleafurc, till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric difpoGtion, married or а bachelor; with other particulars of the like natnrt, that conduce...
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The Spectator. ...

1789
...with dazzling miracles. ROSCOMMOK. I HAVE obferved, that a Reader feldom perufes a book with pleafure, till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric difpofition, mar* The laft paper of the genuine TATLER, N 271, came •ut Tan. 2, 1710-11,...
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Specimens of the early English poets [ed. by G. Ellis.]. To which ..., Volume 1

English poets - 1801
...an attention to other objects, than that of exhibiting proofsof his poetical excellence. Addison has observed, that " a reader seldom " peruses a book...writer of it be a black or a fair man, " of a mild or choleric disposition, married, or a " bachelor, with other particulars of the like " nature, that conduce...
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Specimens of the early English poets [ed. by G. Ellis.]. To which is ...

English poets - 1801
...selected with an attention to other objects, than that of exhibiting proofs of his poetical excellence. " peruses a book with pleasure, till he knows " whether...writer of it be a black or a fair man, " of a mild or choleric disposition, married, or a " bachelor, with other particulars of the like " nature, that conduce...
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The Spectator ...

Joseph Addison, Sir Richard Steele - 1803
...glorious light, And (without raising expectation high) Surprizes us with dazzling miracles. ROSCOMMON. I HAVE observed, that a reader seldom peruses a book...writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor ; with other particulars of the like nature, that conduce...
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Select British Classics, Volume 11

English literature - 1803
...glorious light, And (without raising expectation high) Surprizes us with dazzling miracles. ROSCOMMON. I HAVE observed, that a reader seldom peruses a book...writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor ; with other particulars of the like nature, that conduce...
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The Literary Magazine, and American Register, Volume 5

1806
...their face. There is no less truth than humour in the well-known observation of Addison. He says, " I have observed, that a reader seldom peruses a book...writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, with other particulars of the like nature, that conduce very much to the right...
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An Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope ...

Joseph Warton - 1806
...satire of the first book. \ What Addison says in jest, and with his usual humour, is true in fact : " I have observed that a reader seldom peruses a book...'till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor." I will add, at the hazard of its...
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Curiosities of Literature, Volume 2

Isaac Disraeli - English literature - 1807
...Spectators. He fays, ' I have obfervcd that a reader fel' dom perufes a book with pleafure, until ' he knows whether the writer of it be a ' black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric ' difpofition, with other particulars of the ' like nature, that conduce very much to f the...
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The Director [ed. by T.F. Dibdin].

Thomas Frognall Dibdin
...on this occasion. I 1 HAVEobserved (says he) that a reader seldom peruses a book with pleasure,till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor, with other particulars of the like nature, that conduce...
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