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THE LIFE

OF

ME. JONATHAN WILD, THE GREAT.

CONTENTS.

BOOK I.

I. Shewing the wholesome uses drawn from
recording the achievements of those won-
derful productions of nature called Great

Men 103

II. Giving an account of as many of our hero's ancestors as can be gathered out of the rubbish of antiquity, which hath been carefully sifted for that purpose . .. 106

III. The birth, parentage, and education of Mr.

Jonathan Wild the Great . . .110

IV. Master Wild's first entrance into the world.

His acquaintance with Count La Ruse . 114 V. A dialogue between young Master Wild and Count La Ruse, which, having extended to the rejoinder, had a very quiet, easy, and natural conclusion . . .118 VI. Further conferences between the Count and Master Wild, with other matters of the Great kind 124

VII. Master Wild sets out on his travels, and returns home again. A very short chapter, containing infinitely more time and less matter than any other in the whole story. 127

VIII. An adventure, where Wild, in the division of the booty, exhibits an astonishing instance of GREATNESS . . . .129

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IX. Wild pays a visit to Miss Laetitia Snap. A description of that lovely young creature, and the successless issue of Mr. Wild's addresses ...... 133

X. A discovery of some matters concerning the chaste Laetitia, which must wonderfully surprise, and perhaps affect our reader . 136

XI. Containing as notable instances of human greatness as are to be met with in ancient or modern history. Concluding with some wholesome hints to the gay part of mankind 135

XII. Further particulars relating to Miss Tishy, which perhaps may not greatly surprise after the former. The description of a very fine gentleman. And a dialogue between Wild and the Count, in which public virtue is just hinted at, with, &e. . 142

XIII. A chapter, of which we are extremely vain;

and which indeed we look on as our chef d'oeuvre, containing a wonderful story concerning the devil, and as nice a scene of honour as ever happened . . . 146

XIV. In which the history of Greatness is con

tinued 150

BOOK II.

I. Characters of silly people, with the proper

uses for which such are designed . . 157 II. Great examples of Greatness in Wild, shewn as well by his behaviour to Bagshot, as in a scheme laid first to impose on Heartfree by means of the Count, and then to cheat the Count of the booty . . . .162

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III. Containing scenes of softness, love, and

honour, all in the Great style . . . 166

IV. In which Wild, after many fruitless endea

vours to discover his friend, moralizes on his misfortune in a speech, which may be of use (if rightly understood) to some other considerable speech-makers . .173 V. Containing many surprising adventures, which our Hero, with Great Greatness, achieved . . . . . .176

VI. Of Hats 182

VII. Shewing the consequence which attended Heartfree's adventures with Wild; all natural, and common enough to little wretches who deal with great Men; together with some precedents of letters, being the different methods of answering

a Dun 184

VIII. In which our hero carries Greatness to an

immoderate height . . . . .189 IX. More Greatness in Wild. A low scene between Mrs. Heartfree and her children, and a scheme of our hero worthy the highest admiration, and even astonishment . .192 X. Sea adventures very new and surprising . 196 XI. The great and wonderful behaviour of our

hero in the boat ..... 199 XII. The strange and yet natural escape of our

hero 201

XIII. The conclusion of the boat adventure, and

the end of the second book . . . 204

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