Saturday, 12 January 2013

Romances -- possible or probable?

"The reading of romances is a most frivolous occupation, and time merely thrown away.  The old romances, written two or three hundred years ago, such as Amadis of Gaul, Orlando the Furious, and others, were stuffed with enchantments, magicians, giants, and such sorts of impossibilities; whereas, the more modern romances keep within the bounds of possibility but not of probability."  (1740)

Letters    Philip Dormer Stanhope, fourth Earl of Chesterfield

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