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aj a insulin LETTER I. ekon
Introduction-General reasons for believing the novels to have
been written by the author of Marmion

16 Page 1
30 Dosaig o nhosa y
bello di Brolo LETTER II. -

B abelin Resemblance between the novelist and poet in their tastes,

studies, and’habits of life, as illustrated by their works. Both Scotchmen-Habitual residents in Edinburgh-Poets-Antiquaries—German and Spanish scholars-Equal in classical attainments-Deeply read in British history-Lawyers---Fond of field sports. Of Dogs--Acquainted with most manly exercises-Lovers of military subjects. The novelist apparently not a soldiers . . . . 9

LETTER III. Subject of Letter II. continuedThe novelist is, like the poet, va man of good society His stories never betray forgetful

ness of honourable principles, or ignorance of good mannersom - Spirited pictures of gentlemanly character-Colonel Man· bnering-Judicious treatment of elevated historical personages. I

01.3.iit .Eidio The novelist quotes and praises most contemporary poets,

except the author of Marmion-Instances in which the poet has appeared to slight his own unacknowledged, but afterwards avowed productions . . . . . . 33

LETTER IV. Comparison of the works themselves-All distinguished by

good morals and good sense--The latter particularly shewn in the management of character. Prose Style Its general features Plainness and facility--Grave banter-Instances Manner of telling a short story- Negligence-Scoticisms Great propriety and correctness occasionally, and sometimes unusual sweetness-Instances

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LETTER V. Dialogue in the novels and poems.-Neat colloquial turns in

the former, such as cannot be expected in romantic poetryHappy adaptation of dialogue to character, whether merely natural, or artificially modified, as by profession, local habits, &c.Instances--Faults of dialogue, as connected with character of speakers-Quaintness of language and thought--Bookish air in conversation. Historical personages alluding to their own celebrated acts and sayings-Unsuccessful attempts at broad vulgarity-Beauties of composition peculiar to the dialogue Terseness and spirit-Instances-These qualities well displayed in quarrels ; but not in scenes of polished raillery--Eloquence-Instances : . .. 68

LETTER VI. The Poetry of the author of Marmion generally characterized

-His habits of composition and turn of mind, as a poet, compared with those of the novelist~~ Their descriptions simply conceived and composed, without abstruse and far-fetched circumstances or refined comments_Great advantage derived by both from accidental combinations of images, and the association of objects in the mind with persons, events, &c.—Distinctness and liveliness of effect in narrative and description-Narrative usually picturesque or dramatic, or both-Distinctness, &c. of effect, produced in various ways. Instances-Striking pictures of individuals. Their persons, dress; &c.Descriptions sometimes too obviously picturesque Subjects for painters--Effects of light frequently noticed and firely described. Both writers excel in grand and complicated scenes-Among detached and occasional ornaments, the Similes particularly noticed Their frequency and beautyInstances-Similes and metaphors sometimes quaint and pursued too far Instances Page 102

LETTER VII. Stories of the two writers compared. These are generally con

nected with true history, and have their scene laid in a real place-Local peculiarities diligently attended to-Instances in which the novelist and poet have celebrated the same places. They frequently describe these as seen by a traveller, (the hero, or some other principal personage) for the first time Dramatic mode of relating story-Soliloquies

Some scenes degenerate into melodrame Lyrical pieces introduced sometimes too theatrically.. Comparative unimportance of heroes-Various causes of this

fault-Heroes rejected by ladies, and marrying others whom they had before slighted Personal struggle between a civilized and a barbarous hero-Characters resembling each other-Female portraits in general-Fathers and daughtersCharacters in Paul's Letters-Wycliffe and Risingham-Glos

sin and Hatteraick-Other characters compared. . Long periods of time abruptly passed over-Surprises, unex

pected discoveries, &c. These sometimes too forced and artificial Frequent recourse to the marvellous-Dreams well described-Living persons mistaken for spectres--Deaths of Burley, Risingham, and Rashleig . . 146

LETTER VIII. Comparison of particular passages Descriptions--Miscella.

neous thoughts-Instances, in which the two writers have resorted to the same sources of information, and borrowed the

same incidents, &c.-Same authors quoted by both-The
poet, like the novelist, fond of mentioning his contemporaries,
whether as private friends or as men publicly distinguished
Author of Marmion never notices the author of Waverley,
(see Letter III.)-Both delight in frequently introducing an
antiquated or fantastic dialect--Peculiarities of expression
common to both writersma Conclusion - Page 195

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