Sunday, December 01, 2013


The Summum Bonum

Thomas Love Peacock, letter to Thomas Jefferson Hogg (September 26, 1817), in The Letters of Thomas Love Peacock, ed. Nicholas Joukovsky, Vol. I: 1792-1827 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001), p. 116:
Perhaps a due mixture of tea Greek & pedestrianism constitute the summum bonum.
Mentally supply a comma after "tea". Oxford English Dictionary, s.v. pedestrianism, sense 1: "The activity of travelling on foot, walking..."

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