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LETTER I. Introduction General reasons for believing the novels to have been written by the author of Marmion

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Resemblance between the novelist and poet in their tastes,

studies, and habits of life, as illustrated by their works.--Both Scotchmen-Habitual residents in Edinburgh-Poets- Antiquaries–German and Spanish scholars-Equal in classical attainments-Deeply read in British history-Lawyers-Fond of field sports Of Dogs-Acquainted with most manly exercises-Lovers of military subjects. The novelist apparently not a soldier


LETTER III. Subject of Letter II. continued The novelist is, like the poet,

a man of good society. His stories never betray forgetfulness of honourable principles, or ignorance of good manners Spirited pictures of gentlemanly character--Colonel Mannering—Judicious treatment of elevated historical per

sonages. The novelist quotes and praises most contemporary poets,

except the author of Marmion-Instances in which the poet has appeared to slight his own unacknowledged, but afterwards avowed productions


The Poetry of the author of Marmion generally characterized

-His habits of composition and turn of mind, as a poet, com-
pared with those of the novelist Their descriptions simply
conceived and composed, without abstruse and far-fetched
circumstances or refined comments_Great advantage de-
rived by both from accidental combinations of images, and
the association of objects in the mind with persons, events,
&c.Distinctness and liveliness of effect in narrative and
description-Narrative usually picturesque or dramatic, or
both-Distinctness, &c. of effect, produced in various ways
Instances--Striking pictures of individuals. Their persons,'


Comparison of particular passages_Descriptions--Miscella-

neous thoughts Instances, in which the two writers have
re ted to the same sources of information, and borrowed the

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