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We hear the poet depreciating her own work against the lasting wreath of other poets' work, and stating she is "unapt to teach"; yet she has the authority to rally them with a clarion call of encouragement.
Indeed, could our readers fancy a bull-dog come unto man's estate, and walking about in a hat and coat, they would have no unapt idea of the general style and effect of his physique" (Uncle Tom's Cabin, 122).
Was it not also likely that the Devil would choose better helpmates, 'For alas!' Scot concludes, 'what an unapt instrument is a toothles, old impotent and unweldie woman to flie in the aier?' (Scot, 1972: 8).
Ascham's animus toward this Italian influence manifests itself in, among other ways, his contempt for "quick wits," which, he asserts, "commonly be apt to take, unapt to keep; soon hot and desirous of this and that, as cold and soon weary of the same; more quick to enter speedily than able to pierce far." They are like "over-sharp tools" that dull quickly, and they delight in the superficial mastery that comes of "easy and pleasant studies" (21).
Or shou'd he be of himself unapt; there are others ready to remind him, and refresh his Memory, in this way of Criticism," in "An Inquiry Concerning VIRTUE, or MERIT"; Characteristicks, II, 68.
An early seventeenth-century London midwife, defending herself against charges of professional misconduct, complained that her client had been `so dull and slow in her pains and so unapt or unwilling to help herself and to set forward the production of her child that her child was born very weak and feeble'.(31) The honest, hard labour expected here is echoed in the testimony of Elizabeth Armytage in Liversedge in 1682.
In B XI.106 where Schmidt reads Neiper for loue laude it noght ne lakke it for enuye, laude might not seem hard enough to generate unalliterating preise or less pointed labbe or contextually unapt lakke, whereas looue (its spelling here carefully distinguished to differentiate its vowel sound from that of preceding loue) is a word Langland liked to play with; as Schmidt must surely know.
Moore loved his machinery" [S, 32]) undermine his profession of a mercantile indifference to national boundaries: "He was unapt to attach himself to parties, to sects, even to climes and customs" (S, 28).
("One has often wondered whether upon the whole earth there is anything so unintelligent, so unapt to perceive how the world is really going, as an ordinary young Englishman of our upper class.") The philistine attitude spills over into the "populace," the working class, half of which already aspires to the condition of the middle class; the inevitable triumph of this class will only bring with it a new form of philistinism.