Anecdote: Dr Johnson

Dr Johnson once boasted that he could recite from memory whole chapters from Horrebow’s Natural History of Iceland, for example Chapter LXXII. The title and text of the chapter simply reads:

Concerning Snakes.

There are no snakes to be met with throughout the whole island.

2 thoughts on “Anecdote: Dr Johnson

  1. Hm. sort of underwhelming quotation-wise. Rather like the Kenyan naturalist, who trying to say something meaningful about a clump of orange flowering aloes near our campsite, suggested to me that their presence indicated an absence of elephants. It was both heartening and disappointing all at once.

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