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I should not blame him because he inspired me with a passionate admiration for
certain works that time has shown to be not so admirable. When he arrived he
found me reading Tom Jones, which I had got out of the public library, and he told
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 as it must seem I read The Shaving of Shagpat ...
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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