Quotation by James Boswell

Having found a large dead cat so heavy that he could not move it after several efforts, "Come," said he, (throwing down the pole,) "you shall take it now;" which I accordingly did, and being a fresh man, soon made the cat tumble over the cascade. This may be laughed at as too trifling to record; but it is a small characteristick trait in the Flemish picture which I give of my friend, and in which, therefore I mark the most minute particulars.
James Boswell (1740–1795), Scottish author. (Originally published 1791). Life of Johnson, September 22, 1777, pp. 868-9, Oxford University Press (1980).

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