These gentlemen, not being able to strike out any new thoughts,
hunted after a new play of words, and delivered themselves without
thinking at all: in like manner as people who should seem to chew
with great eagerness, and make as though they were eating, at the
same time that they were just starved.
It is a law in the French Academy, to publish all those discourses
by which only they are known, but they should rather make a law
But the Academy of the Belles Lettres have a more prudent and more