The positiveness of the French disposition is already noticeable in Rabelais; it becomes more noticeable still in Montaigne.
"Relativity" of knowledge is opposed to absoluteness or positiveness of knowledge.
His stride is the stride of a giant, from the sentimental beauty of the picture of Marie Antoinette at Versailles, or the red horror of the tale of Debi Sing in Rungpore, to the learning, positiveness and cool judicial mastery of the Report on the Lords' Journals (1794), which Philip Francis, no mean judge, declared on the whole to be the "most eminent and extraordinary" of all his productions.
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