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THE

VICAR OF WAKEFIELD.

A Tale.

BY

DR. GOLDSMITH.

SPERATE MISERI, CAVETE FELICES.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR JOHN SHARPE,

DUKE STREET, PICCADILLY.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

THERE are a hundred faults in this thing, and a hundred things might be said to prove them beauties: but it is needless. A book may be amusing with numerous errors, or it may

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very dull without a single absurdity. The hero of this piece unites in himself the three greatest characters upon earth; he is a priest, a husbandman, and the father of a family. He is drawn as ready to teach, and ready to obey—as simple in affluence, and majestic in adversity. In this age of opulence and refinement, whom can such a charac ter please? Such as are fond of high life, will tur with disdain from the simplicity of his country fireside ; such as mistake ribaldry for humour will find no wit in his harmless conversation and such as have been taught to deride religion, will laugh at one whose chief stores of comfort are drawn from futurity.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH.

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CONTENTS.

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to increase the pride of the worthy .............. 13

3. A migration. The fortunate circumstances of our lives

are generally found at last to be of our own pro-

curing

18

4. A proof that even the humblest fortune may grant hap-

piness, which depends not on circumstances, but

constitution

26

5. A new and great acquaintance introduced. What we

place most bopes upon generally proves most fatal 30

6. The happiness of a country fireside .........

34

7. A town wit described. The dullest fellows may learn

to be comical for a night or two

38

8. An amour, which promises little good fortone, yet

may be productive of much .......

43

9. Two ladies of great distinction introduced. Superior

finery ever seems to confer superior breeding .. 52

10. The family endeavour to cope with their betters. The

miseries of the poor when they attempt to appear

above their circumstances

56

11. The family still resolve to hold up their heads

61

12. Fortune seems resolved to humble the family of

Wakefield. Mortifications are often more painful

than real calamities.................

66

13. Mr. Burchell is found to be an enemy; for he has the
confidence to give disagreeable advice ....

72

14. Fresh mortifications, or a demonstration that seeming

calamities may be real blessings

76

15. All Mr. Burchell's villany at once detected. The folly

of being over wise

83

16. The family nse art, which is opposed with still greater 89

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