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Introduction-General reasons for believing the novels to have been written by the author of Marmion

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diw listom LETTER II. Resemblance between the novelist and poet in their tastes,

naio 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



Subject of Letter II. continuedThe 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-
same incidents, &c.-Same authors quoted by both-The
poet, like the novelist, fond of mentioning his contemporaries,
whether as private friends or as men publicly distinguished
Author of Marmion never notices the author of Waverley,
(see Letter III.)-Both delight in frequently introducing an
antiquated or fantastic dialect

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

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