Stephen Leacock: A Reappraisal
Introduction; Riding Off in All Directions: A Few Wild Words in Search of Stephen Leacock; Leacock and Leahen: The Feminine Influence on Stephen Leacock; Leacock and Understanding Canada; Leacock and the Media; The Historical Leacock; Stephen Leacock, Economist: An Owl Among the Parrots; Imperial Cosmopolitanism, or the Partly Solved Riddle of Leacock's Multi-National Persona; Stephen Leacock, Humorist: American by Association; Religion and Romance in Mariposa; The Roads Back: Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town and George Elliott's The Kissing Man.
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Strana 103 - The hills Rock-ribbed and ancient as the sun, — the vales Stretching in pensive quietness between ; The venerable woods — rivers that move In majesty, and the complaining brooks That make the meadows green ; and, poured round all, Old Ocean's grey and melancholy waste, — Are but the solemn decorations all Of the great tomb of man.
Strana 57 - If the Treasury were to fill old bottles with banknotes, bury them at suitable depths in disused coal mines which are then filled up to the surface with town rubbish, and leave it to private enterprise on well-tried principles of laissez-faire to dig the notes up again (the right to do so being obtained, of course, by tendering for leases on the note-bearing territory), there need be no more unemployment...
Strana 103 - Fair forms, and hoary seers of ages past, All in one mighty sepulchre. The hills, Rock-ribbed and ancient as the sun ; the vales Stretching in pensive quietness between ; The venerable woods — rivers that move In majesty, and the complaining brooks That make the meadows green ; and, poured round all, Old Ocean's gray and melancholy waste, — Are but the solemn decorations all Of the great tomb of man.
Strana 53 - It is only in the backward countries of the world that increased production is still an important object: in those most advanced, what is economically needed is a better distribution, of which one indispensable means is a stricter restraint on population.
Strana 168 - The humorous story is American, the comic story is English, the witty story is French. The humorous story depends for its effect upon the manner of the telling; the comic story and the witty story upon the matter.
Strana 57 - ... territory), there need be no more unemployment and, with the help of the repercussions, the real income of the community, and its capital wealth also, would probably become a good deal greater than it actually is. It would, indeed, be more sensible to build houses and the like; but if there are political and practical difficulties in the way of this, the above would be better than nothing.
Strana 73 - The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it...
Strana 102 - The old man had listed hundreds of the truths in his book. I will not try to tell you of all of them. There was the truth of virginity and the truth of passion, the truth of wealth and of poverty, of thrift and of profligacy, of carelessness and abandon.
Strana 102 - It was the truths that made the people grotesques . . . the moment one of the people took one of the truths to himself, called it his truth, and tried to live his life by it, he became a grotesque and the truth he embraced became a...
Strana 100 - ... that they're going to lay out a new park at a certain place. I see my opportunity and I take it. I go to that place and I buy up all the land I can in the neighborhood. Then the board of this or that makes its plan public, and there is a rush to get my land, which nobody cared particular for before. Ain't it perfectly honest to charge a good price and make a profit on my investment and foresight? Of course it is. Well, that's honest graft. Or supposin' it's a new bridge they're goin