"Like an old peripatetic; and then she is virtuous to the ridiculous, like my sister Artemis."
He neither dreads the contact of the baker--the Scylla of the metropolitan peripatetic, nor yet shuns the dire collision of the chimney-sweep--his Charybdis.
During this time Johnson was filling his house with a colony of poor dependants,--such as Mrs Anna Williams, a soured female poetaster; and Levet, a tenth-rate medical peripatetic, who, as well as Hodge, the great lexicographer's cat, and Francis Barber, his black servant, now share in his immortality,--besides becoming acquainted with such men of eminence as Reynolds, the inimitable painter; Bennet Langton, the amiable and excellent country-gentleman; and Beauclerk, the smart and witty "man about town."
In fact, these indolent peripatetics suffered much less real hardship and want of food, than the poor peasants from whom they received alms.
It seems an odd turn in the kaleidoscope of Fortune that associates a Prime Minister of the Sandwich Islands--where the only pictorial Art is a kind of illumination laboriously executed by the natives on each other's skins, thus forming a free peripatetic gallery--with a collection of pictures by early Italian masters.
More than one of the young nobles approached the presumably fair peripatetic, and, with courtesy commonly in inverse ratio to the amount of wine he was carrying home, proffered his escort to his gondola.