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[5] Nothing was ever wrote in higher hurnour than this simile. A great reckoning, in a little room, implies that the entertainment was mean, and the bill extravagant. The poet here alluded to the French proverbial phrase of the quarter of hour of Rabelais'; who said, there was only one quarter of an hour in huinan life pafled ill, and that was between the call ing for the reckoning and paying it.


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