The Letters of John Keats

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depth of thinking, and turn to some innocent jocularity-- the Bow cannot always be bent--nor the gun always loaded, if you ever let it off--and the life of man is like a great Mountain--his breath is like a Shrewsbury Cake1-- he comes into the world like a shoeblack, and goes out of it like a cob〈b〉ler--he eats like a chimney sweeper, drinks like a Gingerbread baker--and breathes like Achilles--so it being that we are such sublunary creatures, let us endeavor to correct all our bad spelling--all our most delightful abominations, and let us wish health to Marian and Jane,2 whoever they be and wherever--

your's truly
John Keats.

19. To FANNY KEATS. Wednesday 10 Sept. 1817.

Address: Miss Keats Miss Kaley's3 School Walthamstow Essex--

Postmark: OXFORD 12 SE 1817.

Oxford Septr 10th

My dear Fanny,

Let us now begin a regular question and answer-- a little pro and con; letting it interfere as a pleasant method of my coming at your favorite little wants and enjoyments, that I may meet them in a way befitting a brother.

We have been so little together since you have been able to reflect on things that I know not whether you prefer the History of King Pepin to Bunyan's Pilgrims Progress-- or Cinderella and her glass slipper to Moor's Almanack.4 However in a few Letters I hope I shall be able to come at that and adapt my scribblings to your Pleasure. You must tell me about all you read if it be only six Pages in a Week --and this transmitted to me every now and then will procu〈r〉e you full sheets of Writing from me pretty frequently--This this I feel as a necessity: for we ought to become intimately acquainted, in order that I may not only, as you grow up love your as my only Sister, but confide in you as my dearest friend. When I saw you last I told you of my intention of going to Oxford and 'tis now a Week

The Reynolds family had migrated to London from Shrewsbury.
See Biographical Memoranda.
Correctly spelt Caley in the address of Letter 97.
'Old Moore's Almanack' first issued in 1697 and existing to this day with a certified annual sale approximating two and a half million copies.


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