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...for commonly he has some intrusive upper-boy fastened upon him at such times; some cadet of a great family; some neglected lump of nobility, or gentry; that he must drag after him to the play, to the Panorama, to Mr. Bartley's Orrery, to the Panopticon, or into the country, to a friend's house, or to his favourite watering-place. Wherever he goes, this uneasy shadow attends him. A boy is at his board, and in his path, and in all his movements. He is boy-rid, sick of perpetual boy.Boys are capital fellows in their own way, among their mates; but they are unwholesome companions for grown people.The restraint is felt no less on the one side, than on the other.--Even a child, that "plaything for an hour," tires _always_. The noises of children, playing their own fancies--as I now hearken to them by fits, sporting on the green before my window, while I am engaged in these grave speculations at my neat suburban retreat at Shacklewell--by distance made more sweet--inexpressibly take from the labour of my task. It is like writing to music. They seem to modulate my periods. They ought... Lamb, Charles
Excerpt from The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb — Volume 2 Elia and The Last Essays of Elia · This quote is about boys · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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