[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]
Popular? How on earth could it be popular? The thing was charming with all his charm and powerful with all his power: it was an unscrupulous, an unsparing, a shameless merciless masterpiece. It was, no doubt...the worst he could do; but the perversity of the effort, even though heroic, had been frustrated by the purity of the gift...He'll try again for the common with what he'll believe to be a still more infernal cunning, and again the common will fatally elude him, for his infernal cunning will have been only his genius in an ineffectual disguise.
Posted by stronzo on 08.29.2012
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