Thackeray settled like a meat-fly on whatever one had got for dinner, and made one sick of it.
Whenever he met a great man he grovelled before him, Thackeray and my-lorded him as onlya free-born Briton can do.william makepeace thackeray
Thackeray is everybody's past — is everybody's youth. Forgotten friends flit about the passages of dreamy colleges and unremembered clubs; we hear fragments of unfinished conversations, we see faces without names for an instant, fixed forever in some trivial grimace: we smell the strong smell of social cliques now quite incongruous to us; and there stir in all the little rooms at once the hundred ghosts of oneself.william makepeace thackeray
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