The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: The Adventurer and Idler

W. Pickering, 1825

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Progress of idleness
Political credulity
Discourses on the weather
Marriages wly advertised
The imaginary housewife
Robbery of time
Treacles complaint of his wife
On sleep 41 Sequel of the story of Misargyrus 45 The difficulty of forming confederacies
Expedients of idlers
Drugget vindicated
Whirlers character
Capture of Louisbourg
Lingers history of listlessness
Imprisonment of debtors
Uncertainty of friendship
Man does not always think
New actors on the stage
Betty Brooms history
27 Power of habits
Weddingday Grocers wife Chairman
Betty Brooms history continued
Corruption of newswriters
Disguises of idleness Sobers character
On Sleep
Journal of a fellow of a college
Punch and conversation compared
On lying
Misargyrus account of his companions in the Fleet
Presumption of modern criticism censured Ancient poetry necessarily obscure Examples from Horace
Misargyrus account of his companions concluded 41
Idle hope 46
Apology for neglecting officious advice
Incitement to enterprise and emulation Some account of the admirable Crichton
Folly of false pretences to importance A journey in a stagecoach
Study composition and converse equally necessary to intellectual accomplishment
Criticism on the Pastorals of Virgil
Apology for apparent plagiarism Sources of literary variety 79
Infelicities of retirement to men of business 107 Different opinions equally plausible 108 On the uncertainty of human things 100
The pleasures and advantages of industry
The itch of writing universal
119 The folly of creating artificial wants
120 The miseries of life

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