Sunday, April 13, 2014

Functions of style v: gps

I have expatiated on the loss
of my literary maidenhead, a
memorable era in the life of
a student when he ventures to
reveal the measure of his mind.

  His hopes and fears
  are multiplied by the
  idea of self-importance
  and he believes for a
  while that the eyes of
  mankind are fixed on his
  person and performance.

Whatever may be my present rep-
utation .. I may appreciate my
juvenile work with the imparti-
ality, and almost the indiffer-
ence, of a stranger.

Edward Gibbon
1737 - 1794
op. post.
Dero A. Saunders, editor
Meridian Books, 1961©

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