The Digressions of V.: Written for His Own Fun and That of His Friends

The Digressions of V.: Written for His Own Fun and That of His Friends

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The Digressions of V.: Written for His Own Fun and That of His Friends

The Digressions of V.: Written for His Own Fun and That of His Friends

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I have been asked so often by my friends this question -- "Why don't you write all these things?" -- that I have finally concluded to satisfy that which on their part is only good old-fashioned curiosity, by an exhibition on my part of good old-fashioned vanity; and so, not to keep them waiting, I will say at once that I have always deplored my lack of a Boswell, my experience being that full many a spark of wit is struck to flash unseen, and waste its brilliance on the family air. And this in spite of my having repeatedly called the family's attention to its negligence in this respect. But suppose the Boswell, had I a Boswell, should slowly absorb me, as good old Dr. Johnson was absorbed by the original Boswell! Or suppose I should be like the block of marble in Michelangelo's sonnet, -- "The more the marble wastes, the more the statue grows," -- and the statue should turn out to be the Boswell!! What then! The moral is clear -- be your own Boswell, so that if anything is to be absorbed it will remain on the premises.

Now I have noticed, and indeed it has been pointed out to me, that when I am talking, and especially when I am anxious to make an impressive conclusion, I outline so broad a plan -- dig a foundation so deep -- that I have been known to forget what I was driving at. Of course it all comes back to me in a moment, but things are not the same, the conversation has drifted . . .

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