Jonathan Swift pp 130-145 | Cite as

‘I have stretched out my Hand, and no Man regarded’

  • Joseph McMinn
Part of the Macmillan Literary Lives book series (LL)


Swift came home to watch Stella die. Only a few months were left to a friendship which had begun over thirty years beforehand. The evening Stella died, Swift immediately began a private character of his dearest companion:

This day, being Sunday, January 28th, 1727–8, about eight o’clock at night, a servant brought me a note, with an account of the death of the truest, most virtuous, and valuable friend, that I, or perhaps any other person ever was blessed with. She expired about six in the evening of this day; and, as soon as I am left alone, which is about eleven at night, I resolve, for my own satisfaction, to say something of her life and character.1


Modest Proposal Private Character Virtuous Friendship Literary Talent Dramatic Persona 
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© Joseph McMinn 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph McMinn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of UlsterJordanstownUK

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