Friday, June 11, 2004
Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers
, chapter 51:
"They appeared in the form of a copious review of a work on Chinese metaphysics, Sir," said Pott.
"Oh," observed Mr. Pickwick; "from your pen, I hope?"
"From the pen of my critic, Sir," rejoined Pott, with dignity.
"An abstruse subject, I should conceive," said Mr. Pickwick.
"Very, Sir," responded Pott, looking intensely sage. "He CRAMMED for it, to use a technical but expressive term; he read up for the subject, at my desire, in the 'Encyclopaedia Britannica.'"
"Indeed!" said Mr. Pickwick; "I was not aware that that valuable work contained any information respecting Chinese metaphysics."
"He read, Sir," rejoined Pott, laying his hand on Mr. Pickwick's knee, and looking round with a smile of intellectual superiority -- "he read for metaphysics under the letter M, and for China under the letter C, and combined his information, Sir!"