His scientific precision was impeccable and his erudition astounding; no one could refute him on the cooking utensils of Babylon or the doormats of Byzantium.
Readers acquired erudition without study, authority without cost, judgment without effort.
There followed a list of questions in erudite terms on the architectural merits of the Temple.
He branched out erratically in all directions; he read volumes of specialized erudition first, and high-school primers afterward.
He was alone, jobless at the moment, with sixty-five cents in his pocket, an unpaid rent bill and a chaotic erudition.
And Ellsworth’s a man of culture, an idealist, not a dirty radical off a soapbox, he’s so friendly and witty, and what an erudition!—a man who jokes all the time is not a man of violence—Ellsworth didn’t mean this, he didn’t know what it would lead to, he loves people, I’d stake my shirt on Ellsworth Toohey.