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" Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on. his hinder legs. It is not done well ; but you are surprized to find it done at all. "
The life of Samuel Johnson ... together with A journal of a tour to the ... - Page 285
by James Boswell - 1874
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English Prose (1137-1890)

John Matthews Manly - English prose literature - 1909 - 544 pages
...woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well ; but you are surprised to find it done at all." On Tuesday, August 2, (the...my departure from London having been fixed for the sth,) Dr. Johnson did me the honour to pass a part of the morning with me at my chambers. He said,...
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A Book of English Literature, Volume 1

Franklyn Bliss Snyder, Robert Grant Martin - English literature - 1916 - 889 pages
...woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all." On Tuesday, August 2 (the...my departure from London having been fixed for the sth), Dr. Johnson did me the honor to pass a part of the morning with me at my chambers. He said, that...
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English Prose and Poetry (1137-1892)

John Matthews Manly - English literature - 1916 - 792 pages
...woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well ; but you are surprised What struggle to escape? What pipes and timbrels? What wild eestasy ? 10 Heard melodies 1 author of The Seasons, etc. 2 an Irishman who acted, taught elocution, and published a pronouncing...
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English Prose and Poetry (1137-1892)

John Matthews Manly - English literature - 1916 - 792 pages
...woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs It is not done well; but you are surprised ut in the heath The erring blade found bloodless sheath. 30 The struggling foe may now unclasp The fai lor 1 author of The Seasons, etc. 2 an Irishman who acted, taught elocution, and published a pronouncing...
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Science, Sex, and Society

Ann E. Kammer - Science - 1979 - 569 pages
...that he had heard a woman preach at a Quaker meeting, Johnson reportedly replied on July 31, 1763: "Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking...well; but you are surprized to find it done at all." 12Letters and Papers, vol. V, 29-31, 37, 39, 139, 202, 214, 217; Earle, Dames and Wives, 87. It should...
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Virginia Woolf: The Major Novels

John Batchelor - Literary Criticism - 1991 - 157 pages
...to take part in it? ... No one would think of bringing a dog into church' (section 3). Johnson said: 'Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking...his hinder legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all' (31 July 1763, Boswell, p. 327). I have noted that Jacob is seen...
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Natural Masques: Gender and Identity in Fielding's Plays and Novels

Jill Campbell - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 324 pages
...of one sex's mimicry of the other. Boswell quotes Johnson as commenting on female Quaker preachers: "Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking...well; but you are surprized to find it done at all" (Life of Johnson, 327; entry for July 31, 1763). 61. In The Poetry of Pope's Dunciad, Sitter provides...
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Critical Terms for Literary Study, Second Edition

Frank Lentricchia, Thomas McLaughlin - Literary Criticism - 2010 - 496 pages
...declared women in turn too feminine for masculine pursuits; "'Sir,'" he famously addressed Boswell, " 'a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his...well; but you are surprized to find it done at all' " (Boswell, 327). Perhaps because upright dogs remain relatively rare while more and more women are...
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The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson

Brian Friel, Philip Davis, Catherine Neal Parke, Howard David Weinbrot, Paul J. Korshin, Eithne Henson, Robert DeMaria, Robert Folkenflik, Clement Hawes, Fred Parker, Philip Smallwood, Michael Felix Suarez, John Wilshire, Thomas Keymer, Steven Lynn - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 266 pages
...he is seen as patronizing the "pretty dears." The most familiar pronouncement seems to say it all: "Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking...well; but you are surprized to find it done at all" (Life, I, 463). Less well known but certainly more representative is Johnson's assertion that "Men...
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Counterbalance: Gendered Perspectives on Writing and Language

Carolyn Logan - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1997 - 400 pages
...teach... but to be in silence"; "A talking girl and a clucking hen— both shall come to no good end"; "A woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hinder legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all"; "A man's word is his bond"; "Whenever a woman dies there is one...
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