Wear red coats, blue coats, lawn sleeves; put pens behind your ears, wear aprons; go after glory, holiness, commerce, trade, any object you prefer; only--let Harold Skimpole live
Then, for heaven's sake, having Harold Skimpole, a confiding child, petitioning you, the world, an agglomeration of practical people of business habits, to let him live and admire the human family, do it somehow or other, like good souls, and suffer him to ride his rocking-horse
Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies
And does it seem to me that I am about to deprive Harold Skimpole of his share in such possessions, which are his only birthright
The idea of Harold Skimpole with designs or plans, or knowledge of consequences
But Leigh Hunt had a tremendous personality which lives on through the diaries and letters of his famous friends--Byron, Shelley, Carlyle, and countless others--and in the great fictional character that Dickens made of him, Harold Skimpole
of Bleak House.
The intentions of Rodney Stenning Edgecombe's Leigh Hunt and the Poetry of Fancy are admirable - to read Hunt's poetry in its own right, circumventing the habitual condescension towards Hunt as polluter of Keats, as Harold Skimpole
, or as a naive meliorist.