Awkward and shy, keen to feel insults whether intended or not, Goldsmith hated his position as sizar.
Goldsmith was idle and wild, and at the end of two years he quarreled with his tutor, sold his books, and ran away to Cork.
But the bishop would not ordain him--why is not known, but it was said that he was offended with Goldsmith for coming to be ordained dressed in scarlet breeches.
Goldsmith lost the money in Dublin, and came home penniless.
In Scotland Goldsmith lived for a year and a half traveling about, enjoying life, and, it may be, studying.
Thus, from town to town, from village to village, Goldsmith wandered, until at the end of a year he found himself back among his countrymen, penniless and alone in London streets.
When asked by a friend why he was so particular he replied, "Why, sir, I hear that Goldsmith is a very great sloven, and justifies his disregard for cleanliness and decency by quoting my example.
In great distress Goldsmith wrote to Johnson begging him to come to his aid.
The novel which thus set Goldsmith free for the moment was the famous Vicar of Wakefield.
Before I speak, however, of the beneficent humorist who next had my boyish heart after Goldsmith, let me acquit myself in full of my debt to that not unequal or unkindred spirit.
But this attempt at Goldsmith's manner followed a long time after I tried to write in the style of Edgar A.
It was the first time I had imitated a prose writer, though I had imitated several poets like Moore, Campbell, and Goldsmith himself.