Mirror of Literature,  6 (1825), 217–18.

The Preponderating Motive



Extract, Poetry, Drollery

Publications extracted:

New Monthly Magazine


Geology, Gender, Mathematics

    Lady Blue and Lady Brown cannot agree where to go to for the summer: they consider the respective merits of landlocked Tonbridge and coastal Worthing. Lady Brown proposes to Lady Blue that they should go to Tonbridge and 'leave geology'; but Lady Blue, being 'intellectual' in her own view, is not prepared to do so. She observes: 'I love to look at cliffs and sail, / And rear a theory: / And always find well-paid my toil, / When studying near the sea'. In the end, they decide to go to Tonbridge since 'Sir Gregory', who taught Lady Blue 'To make the circle square', will be there. (218)

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