Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences

Excerpt from Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences:

How far can the best eyes see a common house-fly? A hundred yards? It
is quite impossible. Very well; eyes that cannot see a house-fly that is
a hundred yards away cannot see an ordinary nailhead at that distance,
for the size of the two objects is the same. It takes a keen eye to see
a fly or a nailhead at fifty yards–one hundred and fifty feet. Can the
reader do it?

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