Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Goodman Fact

Joseph Addison (1672-1719), The Late Tryal and Conviction of Count Tariff (London: A. Baldwin, 1713), pp. 2-3:
Goodman Fact is allowed by every Body to be a plain-spoken Person, and a Man of very few Words. Tropes and Figures are his Aversion. He affirms every Thing roundly, without any Art, Rhetorick, or Circumlocution. He is a declared Enemy to all Kinds of Ceremony and Complaisance. He flatters no Body. Yet so great is his natural Eloquence, that he cuts down the finest Orator, and destroys the best-contrived Argument, as soon as ever he gets himself to be heard. He never applies to the Passions or Prejudices of his Audience: When they listen with Attention and honest Minds, he never fails of carrying his Point.

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