I should warn you that Dr. Swift is subject to vapourous fits--that is, especially when he is moved to spleen about something, he tends to regress to Those Opinions and Styles which were in fashion at the time of his death.
Although we at the Examiner office have tried to modernise him, and then tried to edit him, we often fail--the Seventeeth Century tone will come and go, but alas, there is little we can do about it.
The wider point Dr. Swift is making may be a serious one. The persona is not--simply a conceit designed to have a little fun.
Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq.
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