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Text for Page 048 [11-03-1849]

              clasped Tome on the Pyramids � good subject for a sketch �
Lounged about for an hour, then getting coat and walked Ferry wards �
dropping into Book auction by the way.
  4. Sunday.  Finished reading Albert Smith�s �Pottleton Legacy�
which I purchased at the appropriate price of twenty cents in front of
the Post Office. (just for the sake of Ledbury and old Office days.)
Albert Smith is the very price of snobs and finest of cockneyfied
cockney-exterminators. As James�s novels are all Walter Scott
and water, so are Smith�s, only in a more intense degree. Dickens and water Even
in his address to his readers he plagiarizes Dicken�s bon homme and
cordial feeling, abominably.   Ledbury was only a juvenile Mr Pick-
wick, even to the matter of spectacles � Jack Johnson was original
and good.  His Medical Student�s Physiology in �Punch� is as also
excellent; � so in a great measure his �Evening Parties.�  But a
good tale is too much for him. In the more carefully constructed
novels of Dickens � God help him � he has well studied glorious
old Fielding in the matter of introducing little character or incident
but what has its effect on the story, in its progress � (Tom Jones is
a wonderful book that way.)   Now this is altogether forgotten by Albert
Smith, neither can he construct a good plot.   And character he
is horribly deficient in.  No Paul de Kock, Dickens, Gentism,
Fast men, desperate fun making under trying circumstances;
� and without great talk of the work and labour of doing it.               
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