The schoolboy was officially known as Summers Minor, and in a more social manner as Stinks, the only public tribute to his career as an amateur
photographer and electrician.
There was something of the Renascence Prince about his omnivorous culture and restless publicity--, he was not only a great amateur
, but an ardent one.
On the cornice of the wardrobe, the hand of an amateur
had painted this inscription: "Mistrust all enterprises that require new clothes.
The present craze for gladiatorial athleticism I regard as one of the great evils of the age; but the thinly veiled professionalism of the so-called amateur
is the greatest evil of that craze.
He, therefore, sent in his resignation, and half botanizing, half playing the hunter, he made his way toward the north of the Indian Peninsula, and crossed it from Calcutta to Surat--a mere amateur
trip for him.
He saw a landscape, the typical picturesque `bit' of the amateur
, an old bridge, a creeper-clad cottage, and a leafy bank.
He was looking at D'Artagnan and the rest, with his chin resting upon his hand, like a calm and inquiring amateur
There is, it must be confessed, something very sad about the early efforts of an amateur
He could have been whatever he turned his agile intellect and his cunning hand to; he had been a schoolmaster and a watch-maker, and I believe an amateur
doctor and irregular lawyer; he talked and wrote brilliantly, and he was one of the group that nightly disposed of every manner of theoretical and practical question at the drug-store; it was quite indifferent to him which side he took; what he enjoyed was the mental exercise.
Big Alec's black head and swarthy face popped up within arm's reach; and all unsuspecting and very angry with what he took to be the clumsiness of amateur
sailors, he was hauled aboard.
No: the insatiable amateur
had his own purpose to gain, and was not exhausted yet.
The influences which would no doubt have determined his style in any case were early brought to a focus in the advice given him by an amateur
poet and critic, William Walsh.