The Rambler, Vol. II

Samuel Johnson
The Rambler, Vol. II

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Title: The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D, In Nine Volumes Volume
the Third: The Rambler, Vol. II
Author: Samuel Johnson
Release Date: March 2, 2004 [EBook #11397]
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106. The vanity of an author's expectations.--Reasons why good
authors are sometimes neglected 107. Properantia's hopes of a year of
confusion. The misery of prostitutes 108. Life sufficient to all purposes
if well employed 109. The education of a fop 110. Repentance stated
and explained. Retirement and abstinence useful to repentance 111.
Youth made unfortunate by its haste and eagerness 112. Too much
nicety not to be indulged. The character of Eriphile 113. The history of
Hymenæus's courtship 114. The necessity of proportioning
punishments to crimes 115. The sequel of Hymenæus's courtship 116.
The young trader's attempt at politeness 117. The advantages of living
in a garret 118. The narrowness of fame 119. Tranquilla's account of
her lovers, opposed to Hymenæus 120. The history of Almamoulin the
son of Nouradin 121. The dangers of imitation. The impropriety of
imitating Spenser 122. A criticism on the English historians 123. The
young trader turned gentleman 124. The lady's misery in a summer
retirement 125. The difficulty of defining comedy. Tragick and comick
sentiments confounded 126. The universality of cowardice. The
impropriety of extorting praise. The impertinence of an astronomer 127.
Diligence too soon relaxed. Necessity of perseverance 128. Anxiety
universal. The unhappiness of a wit and a fine lady 129. The folly of
cowardice and inactivity 130. The history of a beauty 131. Desire of
gain the general passion 132. The difficulty of educating a young
nobleman 133. The miseries of a beauty defaced 134. Idleness an
anxious and miserable state 135. The folly of annual retreats into the
country 136. The meanness and mischief of indiscriminate dedication
137. The necessity of literary courage 138. Original characters to be

found in the country. The character of Mrs. Busy 139. A critical
examination of Samson Agonistes 140. The criticism continued 141.
The danger of attempting wit in conversation. The character of Papilius
142. An account of squire Bluster 143. The criterions of plagiarism 144.
The difficulty of raising reputation. The various species of detractors
145. Petty writers not to be despised 146. An account of an author
travelling in quest of his own character. The uncertainty of fame 147.
The courtier's esteem of assurance 148. The cruelty of parental tyranny
149. Benefits not always entitled to gratitude 150. Adversity useful to
the acquisition of knowledge 151. The climactericks of the mind 152.
Criticism on epistolary writings 153. The treatment incurred by loss of
fortune 154. The inefficacy of genius without learning 155. The
usefulness of advice. The danger of habits. The necessity of reviewing
life 156. The laws of writing not always indisputable. Reflections on
tragi-comedy 157. The scholar's complaint of his own bashfulness 158.
Rules of writing drawn from examples. Those examples often mistaken
159. The nature and remedies of bashfulness 160. Rules for the choice
of associates 161. The revolutions of a garret 162. Old men in danger of
falling into pupilage. The conduct of Thrasybulus 163. The mischiefs
of following a patron 164. Praise universally desired. The failings of
eminent men often imitated 165. The impotence of wealth. The visit of
Scrotinus to the place of his nativity 166. Favour not easily gained by
the poor 167. The marriage of Hymenæus and Tranquilla 168. Poetry
debased by mean expressions. An example from Shakespeare 169.
Labour necessary to excellence 170. The history of Misella debauched
by her relation 171. Misella's description of the life of a prostitute 172.
The effect of sudden riches upon the manners 173. Unreasonable fears
of pedantry 174. The mischiefs of unbounded raillery. History of
Dicaculus 175. The majority are wicked 176. Directions to authors
attacked by criticks. The various degrees of critical perspicacity 177.
An account of a club of antiquaries 178. Many advantages not to be
enjoyed together 179. The awkward merriment of a student 180. The
study of life not to be neglected for the sake of books 181. The history
of an adventurer
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