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(without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.
1905 edition. Excerpt: ...We should be in sympathy with the rude
answer of Euphues, were it but curt at the same time, but, alas, it
covers six pages. Having thus imprudently crushed the "wisdom of
eld" by the weight of his utterance, our hero shows his natural
preference for the companionship and counsel of youth, by forming
an ardent friendship with Philautus, of so close a nature, that "
they used not only one boorde but one bed, one booke (if so be that
they thought it not one too many)." This alliance, however, is not
concluded until Euphues has given us his own views, together with
those of half antiquity, upon the subject of friendship, or before
he has formally professed his affection in a pompous address,
beginning " Gentleman and friend," and has been as formally
accepted. By Philautus he is introduced to Lucilla, the chief
female character of the book, a lady, if we are to believe the
description of her " Lilly cheeks dyed with a Vermilion red," of
startling if somewhat factitious beauty. To say that the plot now
thickens would be to use too coarse a word; it becomes slightly
tinged with incident, inasmuch as Euphues falls in love with
Lucilla, the destined bride of Philautus. She 1 Bond, 1. pp.
154-156. 2 Bond, 1. pp. 156-159. reciprocates his passion, and the
double fickleness of mistress and friend forms an excellent
opportunity, which Lyly does not fail to seize, for infinite
moralizings in euphuistic strains. Philautus is naturally indignant
at the turn affairs have taken, and the former friends exchange
letters of recrimination, in which, however, their embittered
feelings are concealed beneath a vast display of classical
learning. But Nemesis, swift and sudden, awaits the faithless
Euphues. Lucilla, it turns out, is subject to a mild form of
|Country of origin:
John Dover Wilson
||246 x 189 x 2mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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