Dr Johnson pp 133-134 | Cite as

France II (1775)

  • Hester Lynch Piozzi
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He delighted no more in music than painting; he was almost as deaf as he was blind: travelling with Dr Johnson was for these reasons tiresome enough. Mr Thrale loved prospects, and was mortified that his friend could not enjoy the sight of those different dispositions of wood and water, hill and valley, that travelling through England and France affords a man. But when he wished to point them out to his companion: ‘Never heed such nonsense,’ would be the reply: ‘a blade of grass is always a blade of grass, whether in one country or another: let us if we do talk, talk about something; men and women are my subjects of enquiry; let us see how these differ from those we have left behind.’


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