He nothing common did or mean,upon any of the ‘memorable scenes’ of his life. The image is, therefore, out of all imaginative keeping, and vulgarizes the chief personage in a grand historical tragedy, who, if not a great, was at least a decorous actor. But Mr. Masson can do worse than this. Speaking of a Mrs. Katherine Chidley, who wrote in defence of the Independents against Thomas Edwards, he says, ‘People wondered who this she-Brownist, Katherine Chidley, was, and did not quite lose their interest in her when they found that she was an oldish woman, and a member of some hole-and-corner congregation in London. Indeed, she put her nails into Mr. Edwards with some effect.’ Why did he not say at once, after the good old fashion, that she ‘set her ten commandments in his face’? In another place he speaks of ‘Satan standing with his staff around him.’ Mr. Masson's style, a little
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