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Rambler by Samuel Johnson
Rambler #60, by Samuel Johnson
The Selected Essays from the Rambler, Adventurer, and Idler
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Persuasions 9, Pages Jane Austen and the Uncommon Reader. He reads for his own pleasure rather than to impart knowledge or correct the opinions of others. Some read for style and some for argument: one has little care about the sentiment …; another regards not the conclusion … [;] they read for other purposes than the attainment of practical knowledge …. Some read that they may embellish their conversation, or shine in dispute; some that they may not be detected in ignorance, or want the reputation of literary accomplishments: but the most general and prevalent reason of study is the impossibility of finding another amusement equally cheap or constant, equally independent on the hour or the weather.