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" But he has wit too, and is not deficient in ideas, or in fertility and variety of imagery, and not empty of reading; he has knowledge enough to fill up his part. One species of wit he has in an eminent degree, that of escape. You drive him into a corner... "
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies ... - Page 81
by James Boswell - 1791 - 516 pages
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The life of Samuel Johnson. [Followed by] The journal of a tour to ..., Volume 3

James Boswell - 1852
...he has in an eminent degree, that of escape. You drive him into a corner with both hands ; but he 's gone, Sir, when you think you have got him ó like...jumps over your head. Then he has a great range for wit ; he never lets truth stand between him and a jest, and he is sometimes mighty coarse. Garrick...
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Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

James Boswell - 1916 - 344 pages
...knowledge enough to fill up his part. One species of wit he has in an eminent degree, that of escape. You drive him into a corner with both hands; but he's...jumps over your head. Then he has a great range for wit; he never lets truth stand between him and a jest, and he is sometimes mighty coarse. Garrick is...
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boswell's life of johnson

charles grosvenor osgood - 1917
...knowledge enough to fill up his part. One species of wit he has in an eminent degree, that of escape. You drive him into a corner with both hands; but he's gone, Sir, when you think you have got himólike an animal that jumps over your head. Then he has a great range for wit; he never lets truth...
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The Living Age ..., Volume 43

1854
...enough to till up his part. One species of wit he has in i eminent degree, that of escape. You drive hii into a corner with both hands ; but he's gone, Sir,...like an animal that jumps over your head. Then he his a great range for wit ; he never lets truth stand between him and a jest, and he is sometimes mighty...
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The Poetical Works of Robert Browning: Volume VIII. The Ring and the Book ...

Robert Browning - 2001 - 424 pages
...Johnson said of Foote the comedian: 'One species of wit he has to an eminent degree, that of escape. You drive him into a corner with both hands; but he's...him ó like an animal that jumps over your head': Boswell's Life of Johnson, ed. by GB Hill, rev. LF Powell (6 vols., Oxford, 1934ó50), iii. 69. We...
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The Journals of James Boswell, 1762-1795

James Boswell, John Wain - 1994 - 445 pages
...knowledge enough to fill up his part. One species of wit he has in an eminent degree: that of escape. You drive him into a corner with both hands; but he's...has a great range for his wit. He never lets truth stand between him and a jest. And he is sometimes mighty coarse. The first time I was in company with...
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Boswell: Citizen of the World, Man of Letters

Irma S. Lustig - 1995 - 270 pages
...of sentiment in it. (2: 464) One species of wit he [Foote] has in an eminent degree, that of escape. You drive him into a corner with both hands; but he's gone, Sir, when you think you have got himólike an animal that jumps over your head. (3: 69) "Goldsmith was a plant that flowered late"...
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Disciplining Satire: The Censorship of Satiric Comedy on the Eighteenth ...

Matthew J. Kinservik - 2002 - 301 pages
...attractive. As Samuel Johnson said of Foote, "One species of wit he has in an eminent degree, that of escape. You drive him into a corner with both hands; but he's gone, Sir, when you think you have got himólike an animal that jumps over your head."* 6 Foote was a mimic with a protean ability to step...
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The Fortunes of Falstaff

John Dover Wilson - 1944 - 143 pages
...improvisatore of his age, Dr Johnson remarked: 'One species of wit he has in an eminent degree, that of escape. You drive him into a corner with both hands; but he's gone, Sir, when you are thinking you have got him ó like an animal that jumps over your head.'31 This exactly describes...
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