Author talk:Oliver Goldsmith

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This was the entire contents of the Vicar, a misleading advertisement for a work that has not been added since its creation over three years ago. Cygnis insignis (talk) 19:07, 13 July 2010 (UTC)

The Vicar of Wakefield

A Tale

Supposed to be written by Himself


Sperate miseri, cavete fælices

ADVERTISEMENT.

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There are an hundred faults in this Thing, and an hundred things might be said to prove them beauties. But it is needless. A book may be amusing with numerous errors, or it may be very dull without a single absurdity. The hero of this piece unites in himself the three greatest characters upon earth; he is a priest, an husbandman, and the father of a family. He is drawn as ready to teach, and ready to obey, as simple in affluence, and majestic in adversity. In this age of opulence and refinement whom can such a character please? Such as are fond of high life, will turn with disdain from the simplicity of his country fire-side. Such as mistake ribaldry for humour, will find no wit in his harmless conversation; and such as have been taught to deride religion, will laugh at one whose chief stores of comfort are drawn from futurity.

Oliver Goldsmith

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fr:Le Vicaire de Wakefield