Littell's Living Age, Vol. 2: From 10 August to 26 October, 1844: With a Complete Index (Classic Reprint)
Pinnock's Catechism of Rhetoric 4. Fun' in the connection of human speech and ideas with the nose of the fox or the bill of the raven, while the far-fetched wit of a fellow-child will strike them as great nonsense. Children are sharp casuists as to what is put into a child's mouth. They detect intuitively what is absurd, or what is unnatural: and could We see into their hearts we should find a secret contempt for, or grudge against, 'the little pedantic spokesman whose pero rations form the greater part of such volumes. Under the best of circumstances, we doubt whether children, who are beyond mere babyhood, enjoy the histories and pictures of their own life and times as much as their elders suppose. For us these scenes of childhood, described as some of our modern writers can describe - for us these scenes have an inefi'able charm: but we must remember that we stand in direct contrary position to their ostensible readers. We look fondly back to child hood - they, ardently forward to maturity: we magnify the happiness that is past - they, that alone which is to come. For them, men and women are gods and goddesses: and no descrip tion of the Paradise they now occupy interests them half as much as a peep into that Olympus which they hope one day to climb.
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