So said the reviews, laying down the infallible law of the writer, concerning Simon Perkins's great picture.
Then I abandoned all theories and went straight through my book, trying something from every page, and winding up with that lure which the guides consider infallible,--"a Jock o' Scott that cost fifty cents at Quebec."
His judgment was as sound as his memory was retentive; it was almost infallible,--no one was ever known to have been misled by it.
He did not deny it, whereupon I added: "It seems strange that two infallibles should contradict one another?"
Their peculiarities of diction alone, are enough, perhaps, to render them ridiculous; but the author before us really seems anxious to court this literary martyrdom by a device still more infallible,--we mean that of connecting his most lofty, tender, or impassioned conceptions, with objects and incidents which the greater part of his readers will probably persist in thinking low, silly, or uninteresting.