Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Horace Breaks the Ice

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), "Culture," The Conduct of Life (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860), p. 137:
So, if in travelling in the dreary wildernesses of Arkansas or Texas, we should observe on the next seat a man reading Horace, or Martial, or Calderon, we should wish to hug him.
Punch 50 (June 9, 1866) 240:
Mr. Punch is so intensely addicted to classic lore that he never misses an opportunity of hauling in a god, or leading in a goddess, or sticking in a quotation, and he quite approves the social free-masonry which keeps two gentlemen reserved and haughty until they have exchanged six words from HORACE, when they discover that they may converse with propriety and safety.

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