because the writer is degraded in his own eyes, by standing in comparison with his subject, to which he can hope to add nothing from his imagination: but it is a perpetual triumph of fancy to expand a scanty theme, to raise glittering ideas from obscure properties, and to produce to the world an object of wonder, to which nature had contributed little.
Offers possible answers to the armchair philosopher's favorite question: "Why?"
Answers are from Project Gutenberg.
CW: Questionable gender/racial attitudes.
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