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But please, can we call a halt to the current orgy of lachrymosity, which is starting to make Tiny Tears look like Steven Seagal?
I view the Campbell and Brown lachrymosity as cheap charades aimed at votecatching from the hysterical, who weep at and litter accident fatality scenes with flowers and teddy bears.
The essay opens by quoting the extravagant praise of Thomas Babington Macaulay's 1843 essay on Addison; indeed, the entire first half of Woolf's essay works to separate Addison--the man and his works--from "incrustations," be they "the corrosion of Pope's wit or the deposit of mid-Victorian lachrymosity.