Crysta Shoffner B5 AP. Lang Mrs. Stroup 10th October, 2018 Samuel Johnson Samuel Johnson in his letter to the pleading woman dismisses the woman’s request for him to obtain money from the archbishop for her son. Johnson’s purpose is to deny the woman in a logical yet reassuring tone in order to imply that her feelings are valid but the request is unachievable. Samuel Johnson does not want the lady to get her hopes up. He is logical and explains what hope is and why he has waited so long to send the letter. Johnson hopes that his delaying in answering the letter “could proceed only from my unwillingness to destroy any hope that you had formed.” (L.1-2) Johnson is trying to not disappoint the madam by delaying his letter to diminish any amount of hope she would have had. Johnson wants the lady to understand why her request is merely unattainable. Samuel precisely declares that “you ask me to solicit a great man, to whom I never spoke, for a young person whom I had never seen, upon a supposition which I had no means of knowing to be true.”
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