Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine; they are the life, the soul of reading! Take them out of this book, for instance, –you might as well take the book along with them; –one cold external winter would reign in every page of it; restore them to the writer; –he steps forth like a bridegroom, –bids All-hail; brings in variety, and forbids the appetite to fail.

Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine; they are the life, the soul of reading! Take them out of this book, for instance, –you might as well take the book along with them; –one cold external winter would reign in every page of it; restore them to the writer; –he steps forth like a bridegroom, –bids All-hail; brings in variety, and forbids the appetite to fail.