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Swift's Struldbruggs

  Swift’s Struldbruggs In one of his conversations with Boswell, Dr Johnson observes how superior The Tale of a Tub is to all Swift’s other work and says of Gulliver’s Travels: `When once you have thought of big men and littl read more »

Jane Austen and naval warfare

Anne Elliot, the heroine of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, is described as having fallen in love with a naval officer at the age of nineteen.  She is the daughter of a baronet, but Wentworth (as the young officer is called) has no family connec read more »

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