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LETTER ILL.

Subject of Letter II. continued— The novelist is, like the

poet, a man of good society–His stories never betray fora
getfulness of honourable principles, or ignorance of good
manners-Spirited pictures of gentlemanly character-
Colonel Mannering—Judicious treatment of elevated his

storical personages.
The novelist quotes and praises most contemporary poets,

except the author of Marmion- Instances in which the

The Poetry of the author of Marmion generally characterized

-His habits of composition and turn of mind, as a poet,
compared with those of the novelist- Their descriptions
simply conceived and composed, without abstruse and far-
fetched circumstances or refined comments-Great advan.
tage derived by both writers from accidental combinations

Stories of the two writers compared–These are generally

connected with true history, and have their scene laid in
a real place-Local peculiarities diligently attended to-
Instances in which the novelist and poet have celebrated
the same places-They frequently describe these as seen
by a traveller, (the hero, or some other principal personage)
for the first time--- Dramatic mode of relating story-Soli-
loquies-Some scenes degenerate into melodrame-Lyrical

pieces introduced sometimes too theatrically.

Comparative unimportance of heroes - Various causes of this

fault-Heroes rejected by ladies, and marrying others

whom they had before slighted--Personal struggle between

a civilized and a barbarous hero-Characters resembling

each other-Female portraits in general- Fathers and

daughters-Characters in Paul's Letters - Wycliffe and

Risingham, Glossin and Hatteraick - Other characters

compared.

Long periods of time abruptly passed over-Surprises, unex-

pected discoveries, &c.—These sometimes too forced and

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