In our times when the deadly winds of passion blow upon us with many a sirocco, chinook, simoon, shaitan, or foehn, sometimes acrid with the chill fumes of death, sometimes hot with the blasty dust of hatred, the refreshing breeze of good sense strikes us with a feeling of special uplifting vigor such as wise and effective medical therapy brings to the ailing. In a perceptive and elegant study of four Eighteenth Century characters, Johnson, Chesterfield, Boswell, and Goldsmith, and characters indeed they were in many senses, Lucas has brought the warmth of his scholarship, his pleasure and power of style, and his fresh look at the world of two centuries ago to infer how we and our leaders might change the direction of our appalling race to doom by a return to good sense.
A person who makes a real effort to act with good reason and good sense
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