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" the fable of the little fishes, who saw birds fly over their heads and, envying them, petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill," continued ht;, " consists in making them talk like little fishes. "
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies ... - Page 73
by James Boswell - 1807
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Addison Peale Russell - 1883 - 362 pages
...occasion the talk had run upon fable-writing, and Goldsmith observed that in most fables the animals seldom talk in character. " For instance," said he, "the fable of the little fishes, who petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds — the skill consists in making them talk like little...
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The vicar of Wakefield, with a memoir of Goldsmith by prof. Masson

Oliver Goldsmith - 1883
...difficulty if fable -writing, and gave as an instance "the fable of the little fishes who saw birds aver their heads, and, envying them, petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds." While he was dilating on this and pointing out very earnestly that the skill consisted in " making...
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Johnsoniana: Life, Opinions, and Table-talk of Doctor Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1884 - 319 pages
...was in company with them one clay when Goldsmith said that he thought he could write a good fable, mentioned the simplicity which that kind of composition...Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill," continued ht;, " consists in making them talk like little fishes." While he indulged himself in this fanciful...
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The Works of Oliver Goldsmith: Life of Goldsmith. Vicar of Wakefield. Essays ...

Oliver Goldsmith - 1884
...write a good fable ; he mentioned the simplicity which that kind of composition requires, and remarked, that in most fables, the animals introduced seldom...petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds : the skill consists in making them talk like little fishes." While he indulged himself in these speculations,...
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The Works of Oliver Goldsmith: A New Ed. Containing Pieces ..., Volume 1

Oliver Goldsmith - 1885
...write a good fable ; he mentioned the simplicity which that kind of composition requires, and remarked, that in most fables, the animals introduced seldom...petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds : the skill consists in making them talk like little fishes." While he indulged himself in these speculations,...
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Miscellaneous Works

Oliver Goldsmith - 1884 - 695 pages
...in talk with Johnson and Reynolds, spoke of the difficulty of fable-writing, and gave as an instance , mildest Charily, sati? 2 birds." While he was dilating on this and pointing out very earnestly that the skill consisted...
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The Enchiridion of Wit: The Best Specimens of English Conversational Wit

Enchiridion - 1884 - 279 pages
...Mouth. Goldsmith one day, in company with Johnson, said that he thought he could write a good fable, mentioned the simplicity which that kind of composition...observed that in most fables the animals introduced never talk in character. " For instance," said he, "the fable of the little fishes, who saw birds fly...
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The Works of Oliver Goldsmith: Life. Vicar of Wakefield. Essays. Letters

Oliver Goldsmith - 1885
...write a good fable ; he mentioned the simplicity which that kind of composition requires, and remarked, that in most fables, the animals introduced seldom...petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds : the skill consists in making them talk like little fishes." While he indulged himself in these speculations,...
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Life of Oliver Goldsmith

Washington Irving - 1886 - 258 pages
...peculiarities. Talking of fables, Goldsmith observed that the animals introduced in them seldom talked in character. "For instance," said he, "the fable...petitioned Jupiter to be changed into birds. The skill consists in making them talk like little fishes." Just then observing that Dr. Johnson was shaking...
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De werken van E.J. Potgieter, proza, pozy, kritick: Pozy, 1827-1874. 4 ...

Everhardus Johannes Potgieter - 1886
...reqnires ; "and observed that in most fables the animals introdnced seldom talk "in charncter. "Por instance," said he, "the fable of the little fishes " "who saw birds flying over their heads, and envying them peti" "tioned J n pi ter to be changed into birds. 'l'he...
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