Friday, November 20, 2009

Essay: "Mrs. Battle's Opinions on Whist." Charles Lamb.

Ten-second review: Mrs. Battle was a serious Whist player. She played for money. She would have nothing to do with the person who could win or lose with no concern for either. And she hated the language of Whist, so much so that she would not take up a trick because of the term she must use in taking it. The author wishes that he could play forever with his “sweet cousin,” the late Mrs. Battle.

Great Essays. Ed. Houston Peterson. New York: Washington Square Press, Inc. 1960.

What is an essay? “They are all prefaces. A preface is nothing but a talk with the reader; and they [essays] do nothing else.” Charles Lamb.

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