Mr. Elphinston talked of a new book that was much admired, and asked Dr. Johnson if he had read it. Johnson said, “I have looked into it.”
“What?” said Elphinston, “Have you not read it through?”
Johnson, offended at being thus pressed, and so obliged to own his cursory mode of reading, answered tartly, “No, Sir, do you read books through?”
But somehow I think it’s more serious than that.