Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK [John Wilson], ‘On Early Rising’, Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (Dec. 1821), 573, reprinted in American Phrenological Journal, xxiii (1856), 92. here This passage says nothing of sacrificing “their health in the foolish pursuit of profit” and spends far more time talking about idiots than knaves None but a knave or an idiot — I will not mince the matter — rises early, if he can help it. Early risers are generally milk-sop spoonies, ninnies with broad unmeaning faces and groset eyes, cheeks odiously ruddy, and with great calves to their legs. They slap you on the back, and blow their noses like a mail-coach horn. They seldom give dinners. " Sir, tea is ready." " Shall we join the ladies?" A rubber at whist, and by eleven o'clock, the whole house is in a snore. Inquire into his motives for early rising, and it is perhaps to get an appetite for breakfast. Is the great healthy brute not satisfied with three penny-rolls and a pound of ham to breakfast, but he must walk down to the Pier-head at Leith to increase his voracity ? Where is the virtue of gobbling up three turkey's eggs, and demolishing a quartern loaf, before his Majesty's lieges are awake? But I am now speaking of your red, rosy, greedy idiot. Mark next your pale, sallow early riser. He is your prudent, calculating, selfish money-scrivener. It is not for nothing he rises. It is shocking to think of the hypocrite saying his prayers so early in the mornin, before those are awake whom he intends to cheat and swindle before he goes to bed. BACK
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