1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Keate

Elizabeth Carter to Elizabeth Montagu, 18 October 1779; Letters to Mrs. Montagu, ed. Montagu Pennington (1817) 3:113-14.



Have you read Mr. Keate's Sketches? It was our evening amusement at Mill-hill; and I think it a very pretty book for such kind of reading. I am told Mr. Walpole was caught by the story of the sisters (as the author designed he should be) and made an enquiry after the Louvain manuscript. We were sometimes vexed with Mr. Keate for being facetious, when we wished to be grave, particularly in the solemn scene at La Trappe, where all the awful ideas he had raised by the tolling of the midnight passing bell, are disconcerted by the ridiculous comparison of his curiosity to that of a chambermaid.