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NOTES TO LETTER XVIII.
Note 1, page 284, line 24.
This scenery is, I must acknowledge, in a certain degree like that heretofore described in the Village ; but that also was a maritime country:-if the objects be similar, the pictures must in their principal features) be alike, or be bad pictures. I have varied them as much as I could, consistently with my wish to be accurate.
Note 2, page 284, line 26.
Form the contracted Flora of the town. The reader unacquainted with the language of botany is informed, that the Flora of a place means the vegetable species it contains, and is the title of a book which describes them.
THE POOR OF THE BOROUGH.
Nam dives qui fieri vult,
Juvenal. Sat. 14.
Nocte brevem si fortè indulsit cura soporem,
Juvenal. Sat. 13.
The Parish-Clerk began his Duties with the late Vicar, a
grave and austere Man; one fully orthodox; a Detecter and Opposer of the Wiles of Satan-His Opinion of his own Fortitude—The more frail offended by these Professions-His good Advice gives further Provocation—They invent Stratagems to overcome his Virtue—His Triumph
-He is yet not invulnerable: is assaulted by Fear of Want, and Avarice—He gradually yields to the Seduction-He reasons with himself and is persuaded—He offends, but with Terror; repeats his Offence; grows familiar with Crime; is detected-His Sufferings and Death.
With our late vicar, and his age the same,
There was indeed a frown, a trick of state