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The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves

Tobias Smollett

Book Overview: 

Sir Launcelot Greaves goes around the country with his comic squire, trying to be a knight and perform good deeds. This novel is written in the style of Don Quixote by the author of The Expedition Of Humphry Clinker and other 18th century picaresque novels. Great for those who love wise satires.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Sir Everhard had promised the presentation to another clergyman. In the meantime, Sir Launcelot chancing one Sunday to ride through a lane, perceived a horse saddled and bridled, feeding on the side of a fence; and, casting his eyes around, beheld on the other side of the hedge an object lying extended on the ground, which he took to be the body of a murdered traveller. He forthwith alighted, and, leaping into the field, descried a man at full length, wrapped in a greatcoat and writhing in agony. Approaching nearer, he found it was a clergyman, in his gown and cassock. When he inquired into the case, and offered his assistance, the stranger rose up, thanked him for his courtesy, and declared that he was now very well. The knight who thought there was something mysterious in this incident, expressed a desire to know the cause of his rolling in the grass in that manner, and the clergyman, who knew his person, made no s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Smollett's earlier novels all follow the traditional model of Eighteenth Century fiction: beginning with a lengthy account of the family origins and birth of the hero, and then proceeding chronologically through his upbringing, life and adventures.

'Sir Launcelot Greaves' is different. It begins, i

"in a hollow way"