Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Vignette of the Poet Thomas Gray

[Richard Gooch], Facetiae Cantabrigienses (London: William Cole, 1825), p. 45:
Those who remember Mr. Gray when at the University of Cambridge, where he resided the greater part of his life, will recollect that he was a little prim fastidious man, distinguished by a short shuffling step. He commonly held up his gown behind with one of his hands, at the same time cocking up his chin, and perkng up his nose. Christopher Smart, who was contemporary with him at Pembroke Hall, used to say that "Gray walked as if he had fouled his small-clothes, and looked as if he smelt it."

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