Uncollected Writings Volume 1

Uncollected Writings Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...association which govern the memory in such a case, to suppose that I remember the inverted order of tetigi tzmgo--any more than the forward repetition of the Lord's prayer ensures its backward repetition. The practical applicability of ' As in prresenti' is therefore solely to the act of writing Latin: for, having occasion to translate the words ' I touched ' I search for the Latin equivalent to the English word touch--find that it is tango, and then am reminded (whilst forming the preterite) that tango makes not tanaci but ' tetigi.' Such a use therefore I might by possibility derive from my long labours: meantime even here the service is in all probability doubly superfluous: for, by the time that I am called on to write Latin at all, experience will have taught me that tango makes tetigi; or, supposing that I am required to write Latin as one of the earliest means for gaining experience, even in that case the very same dictionary which teaches me what is Latin for 'touch ' teaches me what is the irregular preterite and supine of tango. And thus the ' upshot ' (to use a homely word) of the whole business--is that an efFort of memory, so great as to be capable otherwise directed of mastering a science, and secondly (because directed to an unnatural composition, viz. an arrangement of metre, which is at once the rudest and the most elaborately artificial), so disgusting as that no accession of knowledge could compensate the injury thus done to the simplicity of the child's understanding, by connecting pain and a sense of unintelligible mystery with his earliest steps in knowledge, --all this hyperbolical apparatus and machinery is worked for no one end or purpose that...
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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236929136
  • 9781236929136