Author Topic: ---- nothing but such a character could keep down such parts  (Read 139 times)

Offline t k

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He has got himself a bad literary character.  I said to him laughingly one day that he was like the man in the last century of whom it was said that nothing but such a character could keep down such parts.

He laughed and said he would rather be like that than like a modern writer or two whom he could name, whose parts were so poor that they could be kept up by nothing but by such a character.
  (from THE WAY OF ALL FLESH, by Samuel Butler; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "nothing but such a character could keep down such parts".  What are "character" and "part" here?  Thanks.  --- tk