The agreeable eye

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More specifically concerning: manners

The trouble with Shakespeare

18 May 2003, around 10.59.

The spirit of contrariety indulged in the boy, leads the man into serious quarrels, into brawls, fights, and duels. I have known a most tragic duel to arise from a dispute about a passage of Shakespeare. The parties were friends when they began. One quoted the passage, the other asserted he had misquoted it. Instead […]

Montaigne 1.13

10 April 2015, around 17.05.

An engraving by Matthäus Merian the Elder (1710) For my part, I often neglect both of these empty formalities, since I curtail all ceremony in my own house. If any take offence, what shall I do? Better to offend him once than myself every day; that would be a perpetual slavery. […] Not only every […]

bettered novels (22.2)

20 February 2016, around 13.25.

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, part 2, a brief notice of the servants (1813).

Citation (55)

18 June 2016, around 6.31.

on the best society…

facticity

5 January 2022, around 4.52.

…for writers all, both great and small, are habitual sinners against the light. —Ambrose Bierce, Write It Right In an effort to pay more attention to my work and to think more clearly about composition as such, I have been reading books on writing, which strike me (sitting outside the congregation) as banners of a […]

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