Excerpt from The Sentimental Calendar: Being Twelve Funny Stories It was the Major that gave them the name, and the stories are serious; that is, I mean them seriously: r are they the less serious for being short; or, at least, it seems to me they are t. I think we are all too ready by three-fifths to look upon short stories with a certain contempt, as we do upon short men. Poe was the first man to see otherwise, particularly with reference to poems: but then Poe was a horrid man, most unexemplary; and sense, while susceptible of gradual absorption, is t exactly catching. It seems to me this is wrong. I think - will the reader gently allow me to drop the it seems, and I think, and other cowardly pseudo-politenesses, and say what I have to say bluntly, t forgetting (r shall 1) that it is all only what I think, and what it seems to me, r calling me presumptuous for plumping out with what little the Lord has put in my head to say? For a man's lies come home to roost, and his nsense is pricked in the telling; and there are prigs eugh in the world already, as my Dutch cousin will tell you. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.