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    in no writings whatever can be found more bark ......

    With the Rambler (1750-52) and the Idler (1758-60), two series of periodical essays, Johnson found a devoted audience, but his pleasure in success was tempered by the death of his wife in 1752. He never married. Boswell said of the Rambler essays that “in no writings whatever can be found more bark and steel [i.e., quinine and iron] for the mind.” Moral strength and health; the importance of applying reason to experience; the test of virtue by what we do, not what we say or “feel”; faith in God: these are the centers to which Johnson’s moral writings always return.

    Source: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

    Hello teachers,

    Would you please clarify the bold written part? I can’t understand it.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: in no writings whatever can be found more bark ......

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    With the Rambler (1750-52) and the Idler (1758-60), two series of periodical essays, Johnson found a devoted audience, but his pleasure in success was tempered by the death of his wife in 1752. He never married. Boswell said of the Rambler essays that “in no writings whatever can be found more bark and steel [i.e., quinine and iron] for the mind.” Moral strength and health; the importance of applying reason to experience; the test of virtue by what we do, not what we say or “feel”; faith in God: these are the centers to which Johnson’s moral writings always return.

    Source: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

    Hello teachers,

    Would you please clarify the bold written part? I can’t understand it.

    Thanks in advance.
    Quinine is a chemical found in the bark of the cinchona tree. When consumed, it can be useful to treat fever, inflammation, pain, and even malaria. So, by referring to bark (quinine) and steel (iron) in his writings, Boswell created the idea that the writings produced moral strength (steel/iron) and health (bark/quinine).

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    Re: in no writings whatever can be found more bark ......

    Thanks a million.

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    Re: in no writings whatever can be found more bark ......

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thanks a million.
    I see that you have clicked the like button. That is a good thing. Once you do that it is not necessary to post a separate thank you post.

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    Re: in no writings whatever can be found more bark ......

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I see that you have clicked the like button. That is a good thing. Once you do that it is not necessary to post a separate thank you post.
    Does it bother you when I post a separate thank?

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    Re: in no writings whatever can be found more bark ......

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Does it bother you when I post a separate thank?
    The Moderators here object because it makes it appear that there are new postings added to the thread. When that happens, people feel compelled to open the thread. I know you are trying to be polite, but it affects the mechanics of the forum.

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    Re: in no writings whatever can be found more bark ......

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The Moderators here object because it makes it appear that there are new postings added to the thread. When that happens, people feel compelled to open the thread. I know you are trying to be polite, but it affects the mechanics of the forum.
    Ok I got it. Apologies.

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    Re: in no writings whatever can be found more bark ......

    Furthermore, those of us with slow internet connections and/or old computers have to waste valuable time waiting for it to appear.

    (There's no need to capitalise 'moderators'.)

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    Re: in no writings whatever can be found more bark ......

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Furthermore, those of us with slow internet connections and/or old computers have to waste valuable time waiting for it to appear.

    (There's no need to capitalise 'moderators'.)
    "Moderator" is capitalized under your screen name.

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    Re: in no writings whatever can be found more bark ......

    So are 'Newbie' and 'Member' under other people's names, but it wouldn't be necessary to capitalise them in a sentence.

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