The character of Swift seems to have been a curious medley of startling
contrasts -- of goodness & badness, of worth & unworthiness, of
greatness & littleness, of towering pride & cringing baseness,
of feeble love & fickle hate, of imperial genius & grovelling
vulgarity and obscenity.
Void of every tender grace, every kindly, humanizing element, what a
bare, glittering iceberg is mere intellectual greatness, -- & such
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