Matthew Bramble

in Smollett's Humphry Clinker, is Roderick Random grown old, somewhat cynical by experience of the world, but vastly improved in taste. Chambers says, “Smollett took some of the incidents of the family tour from ‘Anstey's New Bath Guide.’” (English Literature, vol. ii.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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