|C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the Worlds Best Literature.|
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.
|By Sydney Smith (17711845)|
|NO, I dont like dogs: I always expect them to go mad. A lady asked me once for a motto for her dog Spot. I proposed, Out, damned Spot! but she did not think it sentimental enough. You remember the story of the French marquise, who, when her pet lap-dog bit a piece out of her footmans leg, exclaimed, Ah, poor little beast! I hope it wont make him sick. I called one day on Mrs. , and her lap-dog flew at my leg and bit it. After pitying her dog, like the French marquise, she did all she could to comfort me by assuring me the dog was a Dissenter, and hated the Church, and was brought up in a Tory family. But whether the bite came from madness or Dissent, I knew myself too well to neglect it; and went on the instant to a surgeon and had it cut out, making a mem. on the way to enter that house no more.|| 1|