Sir Roger, one of the good friends of Addison and Steele, represents the lifestyle of rural England in eighteenth century. In eighteenth century class conflict becomes one of the major social factors. Sir Roger is a country squire, who has a great relationship with his servants. The servants have been working here for a long time, who are very faithful and love him.
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A country gentleman, seeming wise and seeming fool, he steps out of the text of The Spectator as one of Addison and Steeles most memorable recurring characters. The early 18th-century prose here is wonderful, of course. The tale of Sir Rogers failed romance with the cruel widow, his exploits in the city and at the hunt, and his opinion on beards will not make you a better person.
It might, however, make you a little bit happier, at least for Sir Roger de Coverly is a Tory of the old, old school. It might, however, make you a little bit happier, at least for a while. It is a pleasure to read and I could suggest no finer example of English for the writer and speaker to emulate. I have been unable to discover who Litchfield was, but her intro and notes are superb, covering history literature, theatre, religion and culture in general, putting the Tatler and Spectator in historical perspective.
Civility is beyond our current generation of mopes and crackheads. Litchfield goes in to how "de Coverly" and the papers as a whole, created the art of reading and civil discussion. I found "the Knight" at times a little TOO nice, but why not? He explores , flowered an flourished of his time through the character Sir Roger Mar 16, Addy S.
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Sir Roger de Coverley
The Sir Roger de Coverley Papers from the Spectator