Familiar Letters on a Variety of Subjects, Addressed to a Friend: By the Rev. Edward Barry, M.D. ...

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T. Payne, and J. Parsons, London, 1794 - 163 стор.
 

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Сторінка 45 - Sophs 1 ; but not before they have been formally created by one of the regent-masters, before whom they kneel, while he lays a volume of Aristotle's works on their heads, and puts on a hood, a piece of black crape, hanging from their necks, and down to their heels ; which crape, it is...
Сторінка 54 - ... them in doing generals. There is, however, a great deal of trouble in little formalities, such as procuring sixpenny liceats, sticking up the names on the walls, sitting in large empty rooms by yourself, or with some poor wight as ill employed as...
Сторінка 44 - ... or wrote verses with a pencil. Here they sit in mean desks, opposite to each other, from one o'clock till three. Not once in a hundred times, does any officer enter; and, if he does, he hears one syllogism or two, and then makes a bow, and departs, as he came and remained, in solemn silence. The disputants then return to the amusement of cutting the desks, carving their names, or reading Sterne's Sentimental Journey, or some other edifying novel.
Сторінка 50 - Mimnermus would give. This familiarity, however, only takes place when the examiners are pot-companions of the candidate, which indeed is usually the case; for it is reckoned good management to get acquainted with two or three jolly young masters of arts, and supply them well with port previously to the examination. If the Vice-Chancellor and proctors happen to enter the school, a very uncommon event, then a little solemnity is put on...
Сторінка 47 - The masters take a most solemn oath, that they will examine properly and impartially. Dreadful as all this appears, there is always found to be more of appearance in it than reality ; for the greatest dunce usually gets his testimonium signed with as much ease and credit as the finest genius. The manner of proceeding is as follows : The poor young man to be examined in the...
Сторінка 44 - This opposing and responding is termed in the cant of the place doing generals. Two boys or men as they call themselves agree to do generals together. The first step in this mighty work is to procure arguments. These are always handed down, from generation to generation on long slips of paper, and consist of foolish syllogisms on foolish subjects of the formation or the...
Сторінка 81 - To lie in cold obftruction, and to rot ; This fenfible warm motion to become A kneaded clod ; and the delighted fpirit To bathe in fiery floods...
Сторінка 58 - Master's degree, and issues out into the world with this undeniable passport to carry him through it with credit. Exercises of a nature equally silly and obsolete, are performed, in a similar manner, for the other degrees ; but I have neither time nor patience to enter into the detail. ' •
Сторінка 53 - Lent, he must do quodlibets, he must do austins 2, he must declaim twice, he must read six solemn lectures, and he must be again examined in the sciences, before he can be promoted to the degree of Master of Arts. None but the initiated can know what determining...
Сторінка 52 - Convocation house, he takes an abundance of oaths, pays a sum of money in fees, and, after kneeling down before the vice-chancellor, and whispering a lie, rises up a Bachelor of Arts.

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