George Borrow

George Borrow

George Borrow

George Borrow

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The protagonist of Lavengro himself partook of the natures of the two other principal characters in the book. These were the Gipsy and the Priest; Borrow was the Scholar.

George Borrow was a scholar whose learning was neither academic nor profound. He was essentially a drifter: an ambitious drifter with a pronounced respect for the supernatural. As none of these qualities is easily compatible with the others, so it was that Borrow's private thoughts, of which he chose to divulge so little in his five quasi-autobiographical narratives, were constantly at war with themselves. A man mentally so conditioned could not but have been unhappy. This unhappiness disappeared before congenial work. Unfortunately, occupations were hardly procurable for one of Borrow's stamp.

It may be surmised that for a decade and a half George Henry Borrow was reasonably happy. This time includes the "seven veiled years" and the . . .

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