The History of Henry Esmond, Esq.: A Colonel in the Service of Her Majesty Queen Anne

By William Makepeace Thackeray

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In his analyzing, negative Harry approved himself to move a-gadding in spite of everything the 9 Muses, and so in all probability had yet little favour from anyone of them; while Tom Tusher, who had not more flip for poetry than a ploughboy, however, by means of a dogged perseverance and obsequiousness in dating the divine Calliope,5 bought himself a prize, and a few credits within the college, and a fellowship at his university, as a gift for his scholarship. during this time of Mr Esmond’s existence, he acquired the little analyzing which he ever might boast of, and handed an excellent a part of his days greedily devouring the entire books on which he may perhaps lay hand. during this desultory manner the works of many of the English, French, and Italian poets got here below his eyes, and he had a smattering of the Spanish tongue likewise, in addition to the traditional languages, of which, not less than of Latin, he was once a tolerable grasp. Then, approximately halfway in his college occupation, he fell to studying for the career to which worldly prudence instead of inclination referred to as him, and used to be completely bewildered in theological controversy. during his analyzing (which used to be neither pursued with that seriousness or that religious brain which this sort of learn requires), the early life discovered himself, on the finish of 1 month, a Papist, and was once approximately to proclaim his religion; the following month a Protestant, with Chillingworth,6 and the 3rd a sceptic, with Hobbs7 and Bayle. eight while sincere Tom Tusher by no means accepted his brain to stray out of the prescribed college course, accredited the Thirty-nine Articles with all his middle, and could have signed and sworn to different nine-and-thirty with whole obedience. Harry’s wilfulness during this subject, and disorderly strategies and dialog, so stunned and his senior, that there grew up a coldness and estrangement among them, in order that they grew to become scarce greater than mere neighbors, from having been intimate associates once they got here to school first. Politics ran excessive, too, on the collage; and right here, additionally, the younger males have been at variance. Tom professed himself, albeit a excessive churchman, a robust King William’s-man; while Harry introduced his family members Tory politics to school with him, to which he needs to upload a perilous admiration for Oliver Cromwell, whose aspect, or King James’s via turns, he usually selected to soak up the disputes which the younger gents used to carry in each one other’s rooms, the place they debated at the country of the state, topped and deposed kings, and toasted previous and current heroes or beauties in flagons of school ale. hence, both from the conditions of his start, or the usual depression of his disposition, Esmond got here to dwell greatly by way of himself in the course of his remain on the collage, having neither ambition sufficient to differentiate himself within the university occupation, nor being concerned to mingle with the mere pleasures and boyish frolics of the scholars, who have been, for the main half, or 3 years more youthful than he. He fancied that the gents of the typical room of his collage slighted him because of his delivery, and for this reason stored aloof from their society.

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