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I had little gift of metaphor; the original and striking simile seldom occurred to me.
Poetic flights and the great imaginative sweep were beyond my powers. I could
admire them in others as I could admire their far-fetched tropes and the unusual ...
But the two writers that it was really necessary to admire if you would be a person
of culture and not a British philistine were Walter Pater and George Meredith. I
was very ready to do what I was told to achieve this desirable end and incredible
I admired everything that Ruskin told me to admire (even that horrible tower of
Giotto) and turned away in disgust from what he condemned. Never can he have
had a more ardent disciple. After that I went to Venice, Verona and Milan.
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