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  • human excrement

    “…when I appealed to Mr Quin, and asked if he did not think that

    such an unreserved mixture would improve the whole mass? 'Yes

    (said he) as a plate of marmalade would improve a pan of

    sirreverence.'” - The expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett (1721-1771)

    June 23, 2009

  • Isn't there a shit-list somewhere on which this belongs?

    January 3, 2009

  • I argued, on the contrary, that those plebeians who discovered such eagerness to imitate the dress and equipage of their superiors, would likewise, in time, adopt their maxims and their manners, be polished by their conversation, and refined by their example; but when I appealed to Mr Quin, and asked if he did not think that such an unreserved mixture would improve the whole mass? 'Yes (said he) as a plate of marmalade would improve a pan of sirreverence.'

    - Smollett, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (Melford to Phillips), 1771

    January 3, 2009