The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: With Murphy's Essay, Volume 2

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Contents

Anxiety universal The unhappiness of a wit and a fine lady
33
The folly of cowardice and inactivity O
37
The history of a beauty
41
Desire of gain the general passion
46
The difficulty of educating a young nobleman
50
The miseries of a beauty defaced
55
Idleness an anxious and miserable state
59
The folly of annual retreats into the country
63
The meanness and mischief of indiscriminate dedication
68
The necessity of literary courage
72
138 Original characters to be found in the country The cha racter of Mrs Busy
79
A critical examination of Samson Agonistes
81
The criticism continued
87
The danger of attempting wit in conversation The cha racter of Pailius
92
An account of squire Bluster 0
97
The criterions of plagiarism
102
The difficulty of raising reputation The various species of detractors
107
Petty writers not to be despised
112
An account of an authour travelling in quest of his own cha racter The uncertainty of fame
116
The courtiers esteem of assurance
120
The cruelty of parental tyranny
125
Rules for the choice of associates
179
N║ Page 185 The prohibition of revenge justifiable by reason The mean
185
The mischiefs of following a patron
192
The impotence of wealth The visit of Scrotinus to
201
The marriage of HymenŠus and Tranquilla
210
Labour necessary to excellence
218
Unreasonable fears of pedantry
236
An account of a club of antiquaries
252
180 The study of life not to be neglected for the sake of books
264
The subject of essays often suggested by chance Chance
281
ness of regulating our conduct by the opinions of men
285
Anningait and Ajut a Greenland history
289
The history of Anningait and Ajut concluded
293
Favour often gained with little assistance from understand ing
298
189 The mischiefs of falsehood The character of Turpicula
301
The bistory of Abouzaid the son of Morad
305
191 The busy life of a young lady
309
Love unsuccessful without riches
314
The authours art of praising himself
318
A young noblemans progress in politeness
322
A young noblemans introduction to the knowledge of the town
327
Human opinions mutable The hopes of youth fallacious
331
The history of a legacyhunter
335
The legacyhunters history concluded
339
The virtues of Rabbi Abrahams magnet
344
Aspers complaint of the insolence of Prospero Unpolite ness not always the effect of pride
349
The importance of punctuality
353
The different acceptations of poverty Cynicks and Monks not poor
358
The pleasures of life to be sought in prospects of futurity Futyre fame uncertain
361
The history of ten days of Seged emperor of Ethiopia
365
The history of Seged concluded
370
The art of living at the cost of others 374 206 The art of living at the cost of others 207 The folly of continuing too long upon the stage ir
378
The Ramblers reception His design
382
THE IDLER
387
IDLERs character
391
Invitation to correspondents
392
Idlers reason for writing
395
Charities and Hospitals
398
Proposals for a female army 401
401
Ladys performance on horseback
404
Scheme for newswriters
407
Plan of military discipline
410
IProgress of idleness 413
414
Political credulity 11 1Discourses on the weather
419
Marriages w■y advertised 4222
425
Treacles complaint of bis wife
430
Druggets retirement
433
Expedients of Idlers
435
Whirlers character
440
Betty Brooms history
469
Corruption of newswriters
472
Disguises of idleness Sobers character
474
Sleep
477
Journal of a fellow of a college
480
Punch and conversation
484
Auction hunter
487
The terrific diction
490
Iron and gold
493
Debtors in prison
496
The bracelet
499
Art of advertising
502
On the death of a friend
505
Perditas complaint of her father
508
Monitions on the flight of time
511
Use of memory
514
Portraits defended
516
Molly Quicks complaint of her mistress
519
Deborah Gingers account of city wits
522
The bustles of idleness
525
Marvels journey
528
Marvel paralleled
531
Domestick greatness unattainable
533
Selfdenial necessary
536
Mrs Savecharges complaint
542
Authours mortifications
546
Virtuosos whimsical
549
Character of Sophron the prudent
551
Expectations of pleasure frustrated
554
N Page 59 Books fall into neglect
556
Minim the critick
559
Rangers account of the vanity of riches
565
Progress of arts and language
568
Rangers complaint concluded
571
Fate of posthumous works
574
Loss of ancient writings
576
Scholars journal
582
History of translations
583
History of translations
585
Hard words defended
588
Regulation of memory
595
Tranquils use of riches
597
Memory rarely deficient
599
Gelaleddin of Bassora
602
False criticisms on painting
605
Easy writing
608
Steady Snug Startle Solid and Misty
611
Grand style of painting
615
Ladies journey to London
617
Indians speech to his countrymen
620
The true idea of beauty
622
Scruple Wormwood Sturdy and Gentle
626
Biography how best performed
629
Books multiplied by useless compilations
632
Miss Heartlesss want of a lodging
634
Amazonian bravery revived
637
What have ye done?
640
Physical evil moral good
642
Rhetorical action considered
645
Sufficiency of the English language
648
Nature of cunning
650
Sam Softlys history
653
Obstructions of learning
655
Tim Wainscots son a fine gentleman
657
Hacho of Lapland
660
Narratives of travellers considered
663
98 Sophia Heedful
667
The good sort of woman 669 V
670
Omars plan of life 673 V
675
Horrour of the last
678

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