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Hostilities between the scorbutic youth and the gentleman in the sanguine shirt

'I request that you'll favour me with your card, sir,' said Mr Noddy.

'I'll do nothing of the kind, Sir,' said Mr Gunter.

'Why not, Sir?' inquired Mr. Noddy.

'Because you'll stick it up over your chimney-piece, and delude your visiters into the false belief that a gentleman has been to see you, Sir,' replied Mr Gunter.

'Sir, a friend of mine shall wait on you in the morning,' said Mr Noddy.

'Sir, I'm very much obliged to you for the caution, and I'll leave particular directions with the servant to lock up the spoons, replied Mr Gunter.

Chapter 31 (Describes, far more fully than the Court Newsman ever did, a Bachelor's Party, given by Mr Bob Sawyer at his Lodgings in the Borough), The Pickwick Papers
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Horrid, your Wash-up

"At this sally another special laughed, and then tried to look so supernaturally solemn, that the magistrate detected him immediately.

'Grummer,' said Mr. Nupkins, reddening with passion, 'how dare you select such an inefficient and disreputable person for a special constable, as that man? How dare you do it, Sir?'

'I am very sorry, your Wash-up,' stammered Grummer.

'Very sorry!' said the furious magistrate. 'You shall repent of this neglect of duty, Mr. Grummer; you shall be made an example of. Take that fellow's staff away. He's drunk. You're drunk, fellow.'

'I am not drunk, your Worship,' said the man.

'You ARE drunk,' returned the magistrate. 'How dare you say you are not drunk, Sir, when I say you are? Doesn't he smell of spirits, Grummer?'

'Horrid, your Wash-up,' replied Grummer, who had a vague impression that there was a smell of rum somewhere.

'I knew he did,' said Mr. Nupkins. 'I saw he was drunk when he first came into the room, by his excited eye. Did you observe his excited eye, Mr. Jinks?'

'Certainly, Sir.'

'I haven't touched a drop of spirits this morning,' said the man, who was as sober a fellow as need be.

'How dare you tell me a falsehood?' said Mr. Nupkins. 'Isn't he drunk at this moment, Mr. Jinks?'

'Certainly, Sir,' replied Jinks.

'Mr. Jinks,' said the magistrate, 'I shall commit that man for contempt. Make out his committal, Mr. Jinks.' "

--I've been reading The Pickwick Papers for the last several weeks and am loving it. I don't think I've read Dickens since Great Expectations in high school, although I have visisted the Dickens Museum in London (one of the few places open on Christmas Day).

Cake and Criticism

"We do not find what supports or shapes the text without slicing the cake. Once that is done, we see two layers distinct from each other except that the line of demarcation between them is very blurred. The bottom layer is made up of facts, the top, of general, defining concepts. These concepts determine the relevance of the facts. For once a defining generality is admitted into the upper layer, it attracts into the lower any facts that relate to it and repels those that do not."

History and Memory in Ancient Greece, G.S. Shrimpton

--I think Professor Shrimpton may have a better grasp on historiography than he does on cake.

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London libraries

I will be in London over Christmas (probably something like 20 Dec-2 Jan) this year, trying to join fun with reading for next term.

Can anyone suggest to me a London library that:

1) I can visit to use reference works (I do not need to check things out); and,
2) WIll be likely to have copies of LSJ and the OLD (the standard serious dictionaries for Greek and Latin)?

I can bring small dictionaries with me and use the internet, but if I'm sitting down for several hours straight of Polybius ve; sim. I'm much more productive with the big dictionaries.
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"Universities share one characteristic with compulsive gamblers and exiled royalty: there is never enough money to satisfy their desires."

Derek Bok, Universities in the Marketplace
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Supererogatory works

"It is so obvious that the Picts were not going to be content with part of a king (Bede 28.21) and that even the wives of soldiers who have been on active service for fifteen years do not need all other men to achieve satisfaction (Or. 44.21) that it was supererogatory to point it out by grammatical means."

Bruce Mitchell, Old English Syntax (Vol 1, section 1341)
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More quoting

"He went down to dinner and, propping The Anatomy of Melancholy against the cruet, deplored the twentieth century, but found the chicken rather particularly good."

Compton Mackenzie, Sinister Street