With the 'Dictionary' is connected one of the best-known incidents in English literary history.
The hard labor of the 'Dictionary' had been the only remedy for Johnson's profound grief at the death of his wife, in 1752; and how intensively he could apply himself at need he showed again some years later when to pay his mother's funeral expenses he wrote in the evenings of a single week his
'Dictionary' they made only a part of his activity.
In his Dictionary Johnson had contemptuously defined a pension thus: 'An allowance made to any one without an equivalent.
In some of his works, especially 'The Rambler,' where, it has been jocosely suggested, he was exercising the polysyllables that he wished to put into his 'Dictionary,' he does employ a stilted Latinized vocabulary and a stilted style, with too much use of abstract phrases for concrete ones, too many long sentences, much inverted order, and over-elaborate balance.
At last she came to the row in which the brother who knew the dictionary
by heart was, but he did not know it any longer; he had quite forgotten it in the rank and file.
So he resorts to the dictionary
for help, but there is no help there.
With the help of the great dictionary
and the active intelligence of a healthy mind endowed by inheritance with more than ordinary reasoning powers he shrewdly guessed at much which he could not really understand, and more often than not his guesses were close to the mark of truth.
Help me, -- lend me your assistance!" Noirtier looked at the dictionary
. Franz took it with a nervous trembling, and repeated the letters of the alphabet successively, until he came to M.
The vulguses being finished by nine o'clock, and Martin having rejoiced above measure in the abundance of light, and of Gradus and dictionary
, and other conveniences almost unknown to him for getting through the work, and having been pressed by Arthur to come and do his verses there whenever he liked, the three boys went down to Martin's den, and Arthur was initiated into the lore of birds' eggs, to his great delight.
The words flowed from his pen, though he broke off from the writing frequently to look up definitions in the dictionary
or to refer to the rhetoric.
I considered the dictionary
man's unconscious testimony suggestive and worth something in the discussion.