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The tensions of impending revolution no doubt explain some of Swift's unsettled state as a student. Admonished for neglect of duties and for "frequenting the town" in March 1687, he started tumults at Trinity and, with five others, insulted the junior dean in November of that year, for which their degrees were suspended, and they had to beg the junior dean's pardon publicly on bended knees. James II's appointment of Richard Talbot, earl of (All quotations are from H. , The Prose Works (Oxford, 1939-1964) and H.

He wrote her eloquent letters; but she did not fancy living in Kilroot on Swift's income. He managed to extricate himself by asking her to commit herself immediately when he was going back to Moor Park in 1696, though he was obviously fairly confident she would not do so. He had realistic views about marriage. He had earlier been involved in heavy flirtations in Leicester, but regarded himself as naturally temperate; and there were always "a thousand household thoughts" to drive matrimony out of his mind whenever it chanced to enter it.

His friendship with the ministers had led him to court, where he had a wide range of acquaintances. He dined with the great, indeed he was included in the Society, a dining club set up by St. " Another grouping, the Scriblerus Club, was made up of leading writers, Swift, John Arbuthnot, Alexander Pope, John Gay, and Thomas Parnell, who allowed Harley and St. John to attend their meetings. A love of satiric literature and erudite jesting was shared by these authors, and their meetings obviously gave Swift very great pleasure.

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