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BOOK SECOND. CHAPTER I. Which the courteous reader is advised to
skip ovor, unlaM peradventure he loves truth better than fiction.
The farther we advance in our history, the more do we perceive the
advantages of extempore writing. It is wonderful, with what a
charming rapidity the thoughts flow, and the pen moves, when thus
disembarrassed of all care for the past, all solicitude for the
future. Incidents are invented or borrowed at pleasure, and put
together with a degree of ease that is perfectly inconceivable by a
plodding author, who thinks before he speaks, and stultifies
himself with long cogitations as to probability, congruity, and all
that sort of thing, which we despise, as appertaining to our
ancient and irreconcilable enemy, common sense. It may in truth be
affirmed of this new and happy mode of writing, that it very often
happens, that it causes less trouble to the author than to the
reader, the latter of whom not unfrequently, most especially if he
is one of those unreasonable persons who suppose that nature and
probability are necessary parts of an historical novel, will be
sorely puzzled to find out the motive of an action, or the means by
which it was brought about. Vol. i?F But whatever may be the profit
of the reader, certain it is, that of the author is amazingly
enhanced by the increased velocity attained by this new mode of
writing. Certain plodding writers, such as Fielding, Smollet, and
others, whom it is unnecessary to name, wrote not above three or
four works of this sort in the whole course of their lives; and
what was the consequence ? They lived from hand to mouth, as it
were, for want of a knowledge of the art of writing extempore; and
were obliged to put up with an immortality of fame, which they
could never enjoy. Instead of making a ...
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