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Literary JVfet&f and Criticism
A Contribution to the Biography of
George Meredith.
CRITICISM. By J. A. Hammerton. Illustrated
will; reproductions from photographs and from
drawings by famous artists. Bvo. pp. ■. *"-
Mitchell Kennerley.
The world has been talking about George
Meredith and his novels for * long time. Mr.
Hammrrton has looked over a lot of such of
this talk as has found its way Into print, and
has compiled a volume from which -we may
learn what Stevenson, say. and his friend Hen
ley have thought about Meredith, or even what
opinions have been held on his work by Hannah
Lynch and Richard Le G&l'.ienne. We are not
pure that it greatly matters. It is true that
pome of the criticisms cited in this book have a
certain internet intrinsically, or as showing the
treatment received by Meredith at a given time.
Put the only part of Mr. Hammerton's book
■which has any great vitality is that in which he
outlines the Ftory of his hero's life and work
arid exhibits his personal characteristics In the
recollections of hi* friends. The material pre
sented, though neither voluminous nor very new.
at least serves the convenience of the reader in
being brought compactly together from many
scattered sources.
One of the writers earliest quoted In this vol
ume Is a contributor to "The Manchester Guar
dian," who pointed our that Meredith's name, a
familiar Welsh na.ie. is invariably pronounced
incorrectly by Englishmen. "Nearly all Eng
lishmen." he said, "placed the accent on the first
syllable, whereas no Welshman would dream of
placing It anywhere but on the second, in ac
cordance with the iron Welsh law that the ac
cent must always be on the penultimate syl
lable." Mr. Hammerton states that he never
heard any of Meredith's intimates accentuating
the name differently from the common render-
Ing. He gives a good enough sketch of the nov
elist's earlier years, considering how little is
known of the subject. There hi a droll illustra
tion at this point of the way of the modern
biographer. When Meredith- was a young man
in the GO's and had little money be drifted into
journalism. Speaking of this years afterward to
his friend Edward Clodd. who In "The Fort
nightly Review" has recently reported the talk,
he said: "1 got work on one Of your Suffolk
papers. "The Ipswich Journal.' which kept me
poing. Some ghoul has lately threatened to
niake search for these articles; may the Com
minution service be thundered In his cars!" We
hope that he was not so naive as to suppose that
the articles in question would be left to slumber
indefinitely. li seems that in MM a Mr. Fred
erick Dolman prepared a piece for one of the
magazines on "George Meredith as a Journal
ist." and as a preliminary to that exploit he
duly burrowed in the files of "The Ipswich Jour
nal." Mr. Hammerton is quick to avail himself
of his obvious opportunity, and reproduces gome
of his predecessor's extracts. Perhaps no seri
ous harm is done. Here, from an article on the
Prince and Princess of Wales, i? a specimen of
Meredith's journalism:
Our ladies wish, they tell •;«;. and we can more
decidedly say that every man living who ■ not a
milliner'in spirit devoutly desires, that the Princess
Alexandra will relieve them from servitude to the
Crinoline Empress. The introduction of the crino
line ha? beer, m its effects morally worse than a
coup d'etat- It has sacrificed more lives; it has
utterly destroyed more tempers; It has put an im
merse GJvislon between the sexes. It has obscured
us. Smothered us, stabbed us.
The solemn resurrection of this paragraph Is
funny enough, but even funnier is Mr. Ham
merton's grave assertion that the last sentence
in it "could have !•• en written by no other jour
nalist fit that time." Indeed!
Or another phase of Meredith's Journalistic
j_ career Mr. Hamrr.erton is a little more inter
m estlng. It Is natural to assume that the work
' don* by the novelist as a war correspondent.
loUo»"ing the struggle between Italy and Aus
tria, must have possessed at least a measure of
originality. His present biographer has exam
ined his letters to "The Morning Post." and
speaks of them with unexpected mildness. He
' He <lid not set- a great oWI of the actual fighting,
thot^h he accompanied the Italian fonts In some
cf their movements and inarched and camped with
them. Most of his reports a c given at second
hand, vivid, gripping stories; but no better than
many a war correspondent has dune before and
eince. Written most likely in Laste to catch Use
courier, they are remarkably dh^ct in style of
narrative and free from involutions of phras«\ -with
only occasional faint echoes of the M»redlthian
manner. There Is little, if anything, in them that Is
worthy of reprinting.
The memories of Meredith assembled by Mr.
Hammerton convey, !n the n^ain, a charming Im
pression. He appears to have been ever full of
good talk and high spirits. Most of his friends
have something to say about his laughter. There
are, of course, a number of more or less amusing
anecdotes le the book. We choose the following:
The widow of Andrew Crosse. th* celebrated elec
trician, was there, a very lively and talkative lady,
who chaffed Meredith Immensely about a passa?»
in "RieJuird F»--> '•.;■ which had prejudiced her
bgaicst our friend. M. A. o\-erheard this conversa
tion, hut did not catch the words of the offending
.passage, so when the ladies retired to the drawing
room, she boldly asked Mrs. Crosse what it was.
She tv somewhat surprised at the reply. It was:
*'KJs»sing won't last, bat cookery will," aa a piece
cf advice to •'persons about to marry." On the
drive home we nasal 11 with Mrs. Meredith
«Georx» riding outside, smoking a cigari. and she
'said that when she was sroing to be married an
old aunt »TOte her a letter of rfiMViHrac»mfn'. end
rucouragem^-nt. saying inter aila that she had read
somewhere, years ago. in a book whose title she
bad forgotten, that 'kissinp won't last, but cookery
will." Was not this singular when she was going
to be married to the very man who had written If
Odds and ends like the foregoing are not. per
haps, indispensable to a critical appreciation of
Meredith, either as a man or an author, but
they make fairly amusing reading. Other books
shoot him will be published, and some of them,
despite hie prohibition, will take the biographical
form. To the writers of these Mr. Hammerton
will render some slight service Here and there
in his pages they will find material enabling
them to add an effective touch to the novelist's
They will, for example, come upon some use
ful descriptions of Meredith as a talker In that
capacity he seems almost Invariably to have
thrown something like fascination over his in
terlocutor. He was, to nejrln with, a handsome
man. picturesque, and with a certain distinction.
Those who knew him well speak with peculiar
appreciation of his smile, "a smile that seemed
caused by a light upon the face rather than by
tbe play of the features." Merely to meet him
face to face was at once to be interested, and
the moment he began to speak the listener was
found to be taken captive. Here is one of the
best of the sketches of him collected in this
book, a sketch by Mr. Henry W. Nevlnson:
It is essentially a. Greek head. It might have
i been modelled upon those Statues of mature and
' powerful ntsvuhoo.i which, in the museums of th*
= world, are now vaguely labelled "a poet" or "an
orator." It it Is » poet's head, it !s a Greek p-iet's.
; Tn«r* Is no trace of the ■ weakness, th« conscious
i; rn«-lanelsolr. or petulant emotionalism wiiVh, un
r~-happily, have been too often associated with the
z raooiaTJ idea cf poetic appearance. It is the head
i at- a ma:i who. like Sophocles, could hare com
•'• zaaxiStA . n. fleet as easily an •write .■ tragedy, «nd
;. a* well. When w« see it, we cease to- wonder that
the Athenians shmild have expected their great
poet to do bom as a matter oi course. It is the
fymtx>i of a tempered Intellect. In which there is
no flaw of softness or Ikninior -tin- Intellect of a
innn. Krtd even of a man of action. V
Tber<s are rr»^n of letter* who wear a shut-tip.
Indoor .look. Their fac** *r+ like the w^ralowß of a.
. tk-.k ch«n»>e!-; we dimly divine th* invalid and del!
cately-curt^toed soul within Hut the very look
of Meredith tell* of t!ie*.open sky, where the sun
marches, and Jhe wind* pipe, and the thundcr
cloude ma.«-« their battalions.
" His Is the head c? an orator, too — a Greek orator,
Hk% PericJea. whose word;- tii«" historian might have
• «arec**tcrt>d as an •v«-rlastin«r possession. The
gr*mi nioorh opens almost four-«quare. It is an
jUiic mask, a magician's cay*. A spirit **-ems to
bs speaking, not with It, but through it, ami on a
brand scale of sound comes the voice, full, unhesi
tating. snd distinct to the Uim !'-t'.<r. like the voice
or' on** who h.< c spoken much among the waves.
We tee» thai, as MendcUsohn said of Goethe, he
should shout like a hundred warriors. Perhaps his
sjfciiirlj »O':r< ■ ■ inp «ieaf*i <■*«•: had made his utterance
'avis mare remarkable v.iiva last I saw hlza; but la
earlier days also his words fell rather In euperb*
monologue than In conversation.
There is no effort about the language; the great
sentences are thrown out with lavish opulence —
the careless opulence of nature at her kindest.
There is no pausing for figures, wit. or epigran:s,
they come of themselves, as water follows water
frcm a spring. It is the style of his books. There
Is the name concentration, the Rime fulness, ana ,
the same irony; but it is all simpler because more :
unstudied, and whereas some pages of the books
have become difficult and dark, the effect of ths
rpoken word when first it Is uttered is wholly
illumination and delight.
Mr. Hammerton modifies, though be does not
altogether destroy, the current impression about
Meredith's literary fortunes. It is true that they
were not instantly established on a completely
prosperous basis, but they were never in a des
perate condition, and Mr. Hammerton flatly as
serts that after 1870 they were in nowise cal
culated to waken the solicitude of the senti
mentalist. The iwv novelist put before the
public som« hard nuts to crack. Both in sub
stance and in style his work was of a nature to
require some little time in which to n.ake its
way. His income from his books was probably
not a largo one until his later years, else he
would not have continued for so long a period
to work as a publisher's reader. But it does not
appear that he ever suffered anything like hard
ship. His position, we infer, was not unlike
that of Whistler. The American painter had his
upn and downs, and was obliged to wait for a
long time before the flowing tide was with him.
but somehow or other he managed to pull
through, even when he was most subject to
Ignorant opposition. As we look back over Ms
career we cannot perceive that lie had to hoar
any heavier afflictions than ■ those which visit
nine out of ten men of genius while they are
trying to impose an unfamiliar Ideal of beauty
upon their contemporaries. Meredith Bung his
seed, for a time, upon unsympathetic soil; he
was neglected, and occasionally writers who
noticed him did so but to, parody his manner
isms. But from the very outset, like Whistler.
again, he had his friends and stanch defend
ers. Indeed, Mr. Hammerton is inclined to blow
upon the legend that his hero had to wait for
exceptional appreciation until it came from
America, arguing that not a few of the novel
ist's countrymen were prompt to praise him.
The notes here printed on his earlier friends
and supporters at home embrace several inter
esting anecdotes. Some of these show him In
contact with the notabilities of his time, as wit
ness the following, related respectively by York
Powell and L. F. Austin:
The Ftorv ie that Mrs. Carlyle besjsed Carlyte to
re*d "Richard F.everel." H* did *o. and said.
"Ma dear, that you:.* man's naefiilo. Ask him
here." When he came, as Meredith himself tohl
m«. he calked long with him on deep thlnsrs. and
becked him to «-<< me often. He raid. Maa, jnj
Fuld write hpestory: Ye ha<? a heeatorUui m ye.
Meredith answered that novel-writing w;is his way
of writing history, but Carlyle would not quite ,'""
cent that. He did not antue about it. but rattwr
doubted over It, as if there were more In it than
he had thought at first.
Mr. George Meredith tells an amuplns Ftory of
a xvalk lie took with Tennyson one say when the
bard was very silent awl gloomy. They walked
several miles." and suddenly Tennyson growl; !.
"4pollodorus says I am not a Kreat ro^' m™
critic was a Scottish divine, and n.itlier Tiis nam«
nor his opinion was of much oonsequence. Mr.
M«"re<Jlth taid s«<t:-!> '! ing; to that tffect; and Ten
nyson retorted, "But he ought not to say I am not
a"gTeat poet." This was the entire conversation.
Mr. Hammerton has enriched his volume with
a generous number of very good Illustrations.
These Include portraits and caricatures of
Meredith, portraits of some of his friends and
of one or two personages who ha\*e been drawn
In his novels, such as the hero and heroine of
"The Tragic Comedian." Lassalle and Helena
yon Boenni?es, and a few of the illustrations
made for his novels by. Dv Maurier and others.

Two New and Interesting Stone* hif
Lucas Malet.
THE SCORE. By Uocas M.ilet. (Mrs. Mary St.
Ije*.-r-T Harrison), i:mo, pp. 323. E. P. Dutton
& Co.
It is pleasant to hear again from Lucas :
DOk which has done more than any
to attract attention t.. bar name, "The Elistory
of Kir Bichard Catmady," was published eight
or nine years ago, and nothiwK of t:.-- same ar
resting rhWsftar has since anpeared from her
1 en. The two stories * I rmgs to
gether, stories of i*>nie length thou*.
nicaily to be dept-rll>ed a.s "short." are harill> on
a level with her best known book, but i.
on the other hand, will they lessen her n-put*'.
one is In a vein of comedy, with an element of
seriousness in it. The other Is tragic, perhaps
a shade too tragic.
■<jut in the Open" presents three human be
ings in a rather exciting situation, and embodies
also a suggestive study of the urtistio tempera
ment as it is possessed by a popular actn ss.
This lady, who is not only beautiful and clever
but has some intellectua.l power, la Hla.yirig at
a hotel on the British coast, where Bhe is vis
ited by the author of ti.e pssy in srhich she is
n.-xt to appear. He is a little in lov<- with her.
but would, perhaps, never feet to the p<«int of
t.-lling her so if !t were not that the Inevitable
third person comes to sp' ir him on. This Is a
young politician, masterful, artless, lis-; very
type of youthful success. The actress Is ger.u-
inely interested In Lucius Denier. Indeed, she
is not pure but that she Js in love with him.
At any rate, when lie comes fresh from a politi
cal triumph to ask her to marry him tho mildly
enamoured playwright is put incontinently out
of mind. But is the problem thus solved?
Hardly, and this is where Lucas Malet finds
her opportunity. She confronts her actress With
the latter's own nature, and there ensues a bat
tle of the emotions which makes decidedly en
tertaining reading.
The distraught woman has lived all her life in
cities When she has to interrogate her own
noul in a graver crisis tha.i any sh.- has ever
known phe is surrounded by the subtle irflu
ences of wild nature. In the darkness of night.
overwhelmed by sea and sky, her mood is un
expectedly complicated for her. She passes
through some tSSJOMS transitions, which the
author analyzes at once with shrewdness and
delicacy. Jt Is a skilful bit of work that Lucas
Malet has here put to her credit. But it is diffi
cult to see why a writer of her resources should
have thought it necessary to give her heroine
the name of Poppy St. John. That ia the kind
of name that has been worked to death In
cheap fiction, and la the present instance it is bo
incongruous as to seem eilly.
Th« second sto-y. "Miserere Nobis," loses
something of the effect intended through the
fact that the supposititious narrator Js a dying
man. Deathbed confessions in fiction become
unconvincing when they are long drawn out.
The parricide whose life history is here resumed
provokes in the reader a most Irreverent desire
that the point might be hastened. There is
something in the talc, too, of an overwrought.
melodramatic strain. Yet we persist, with keen
curiosity as to the precise manner fa Which
the little play la to be worked out. Though
when we know we jtre not perhaps very deeply
impressed, and are even a Uttle Inclined to smila
over the touch meant to b« grim at the end, we
must confess to having been kept fairly ;i'n
I-Yom The London Chronicle.
King Edward Ik more restricted than his sub
jects in his choice of letter endings, a field in
which the English show a greater diversity t'ia.n
any other nation. The way in which we \ng
the changes on the word*, "truly." "faithfuly"
and "sincerely" is apt to bewilder our for< i -n
friends, few of whom ever barn to api
the widely differing meas-ire of cordiality e - K
presaed by two such apparently synonymous
endings as 'Tours very truly" and "Most sin
cerely yours." Among English letter wr.t'-rs
James Howell is hard to beat for variety uf end
lngrs. "Toor entire friend" seems to be his
favorite way of signing, but ho also uses many
other forms, including "Yours inviolably, en
tirely," "Yours verily and invariably," ''Your*
really," "Yours, in no vulgar way of friendship"
and "Yours! yours! yours!" Horace Walpole
was fond of subscribing himself ''Yours very
much" and "Yours more and" more."
IV cU Written Works of Scholarship,
Travel and Fiction.
Paris, July 24.
M. Maurice Paleologue, has made a valuable,
contribution to biographical and critical litera
ture concerning the author of the "Divine Com
edy," in his excellent book, "Dante." published
by the Librairie Plon. The Italian poet Is in a
sense as familiar As Shakespeare, or Washing
ton; nevertheless M. Paleologue has succeeded
in presenting his commanding personality In a.
new and original light. After reading this work
one can appreciate the sensations of the women
of Ravenna, who, when they saw Dante entering
their town, exchanged glances, and observed:
"Here comes the man who has returned from
hell!" M. PaMologue's biography is traced light
ly and cleverly, and one forgets that almost
every assertion is "documented" and based upon
sound erudition.
M. Michel Corrlay, in his novel "Lea Reveles,"
hist Issued by th« Librairie Fasquelle, resumes
the psychological investigations which began sfl
successfully with "Kmbras^s," and ■T>enii- Kntis."
The "revelation" comes to a nervous, highly
strung young woman, who baa been married to
a cold, abstruse professor, in the shape of a
comrade of her early youth. The pair, finding
their "affinity" Irresistible, feel justified In en
tering into a "union llbre," and give their rea
sons for doing so. "I>u Trente ft. l'Heure," a
cleverly written collection of notes and observa
tions made by the Comtesse de la liorlaiere de
la Rochecantln during an automobile trip
through Spam from Iran to Algeciras, published
by the Librairie Plon, contains short and breezy
impressions of Seville, Madrid. Toledo, Granada
and other places of interest. Th i authoress has
a good eye for color, but her allusion to Murillo
as "the Lamartlne of painting" 13 Inapt and
somewhat arrogant. The typical bourgeois
songster of the Louis-Philippian era never pro
duced anything in "Joselj-n," or "Meditations,"
that can at all be compared with M'irillo's "As
sumption." The Illustrations in color of tho
Comtease de la Moriniere's little handbook, ex
ecuted by mm. Georges Scott, Levy-Dhurmer
and <:. Vuilli'T. are bright sketches. M. Achilla
Luchalre, In "La Soclete. Franchise au Temps de
Philipjie-Auguste," presents striking and vivid
sketches of domestic ami social life toward th<»
close of the twelfth century during the perpetual
wars with Richard Crpur de Lion. The chap
ters dealing with student life and with the con
dition of women and girls are particularly edi
In "Folixlmn." published by '!:•■ i [brair Fsis
quelKv M. do Pawlowskl has brought together
some quaint stories, rural portraits and bucolic
vignettes of contemporary Franco that mak«
refreshing and instructive rea-llnsr for summer
resorts. The same house brings oat "'f!l!sabeth
Faldras." a novel somewhat after the method:"
of Jules Verne, In which th<» author. M d«
Traynrl, introduces h<« his hero i» certain Dr.
FaMm*. who by means of a newly discovered
serum endows humanity with such n degree of
longevity that "old fossils" live on an.l block the
way for younger men. AH profession! and call
ings become clogged. The evlla of overpopula
tion are "such that the safety valve eossss In th<-'
form of a universal war, waged not only or
land and water, but below the sujfaco and h,lgh
op In the skies. Heavy artillery Is rSbhUsed by
"artificial volcano's" A fantastic tale, cialry
adapted for young folk. C I. B.
Current Talk of Things Present and
to Come.
There will be printed in "Harper's Magazine"
for September the first Instalment • f r new
two-part novelette by Kudyard Kipling. It !<•
to be railed "The House Surgeon 1 ' and Is de
scribed as the tale of en English house of th
present day, haunted by a weird influence.
T!.- holiday t"")i:s for the coming srasnn an
nounoed by the Houghton Mitiitn Company in
clude a voJvme of "Italian ntours" by Mr. Etssurj
James. The thirty-two iihsstrarloiis by Jom pi
Pennell will be reproduced in color. Th^ sams
publishers are to hrinK out "Wanderings In th<-
Roman Campagna," by Blgnor Landanl, jm-i
•Travels In S;.rtln." by PMllp S. BSatWCtt.
M. Emile Faguet has been writing about "Le»
Critiques dcs Critiques," and has arrived at the
pleasant conclusion that "criticism does no good
to an author, and that few writers have ever
profited by it, while it is of l.en. in helping
to form and guide the public taste." It Is nice
to know that there is, after all, some reason left
for the continuance of the critic's labors.
"V'ernon Lee" has another book In press
the .r.)in Lane Company. It is called "Launta
Nobllls" Riid is descrll>ed as a serteu of chaptsti
on art and life.
The first two of his African articles will be
contributed by Mr. Roosevelt to the October and
November numbers of "Scrlbner's Magazine."
Their titles are "A Railroad Through the Pleis
tocene" and "On an East African Ranch." The
Illustrations will be from photographs taken by
Kermit Roosevelt and other members of the
Professor Cooper, of Cornell, with his forty
collaborators, has completed his "Wordsworth
Concordance,*' It contains some 200,000 entries.
The question as to the authorship of the fa
miliar phrase of which President Taft made such
effective use the other day, "Ills Majesty's Op
position," has lately been revived in England by
the publication of the memoirs of Byron's friend
Hobhouse, afterward Lord Broughton. The "Pall
Mall Gazette," in reviewing the book, argued
that the phrase had originated not with Hob
houee but with George Tierney, that member of
Parliament who once fought a harmless duel
with Pitt. In order to settle the question, Mr.
John Murray, the publisher. Bent to the "Pall
Mall" these extracts from Hobhouse's diary for
I must advert a little to my Parliamentary llf»
In this year. On Monday. April 10. a debate arose
on the salary of the President of the Hoard of
Trade. I opposed bringing up the report, and In the
course of my speech used these words: "It was
said to be very hard on his Majesty's Minister*
to raise objection to this proposition. For my own
part, I think It much more hard on his Majesty's
Opposition." (A launh.i
Mr. Secretary Canning said: "The honourable
member has demanded two or three times why do
vow bring forward this measure at the present
moment? Why do you take >"> unfavourable an
opportunity to Introduce it? Now, the fact is, that
the opportunity was not selected by his Majesty's
Government, but by those whom the honourable
gentleman has designated his Majesty's Opposi
tion." (A laugh.)
Mr Tierney said: "An honourable friend near
him had called the Opposition the King's Opposi
tion.' The propriety of this appellation had bees
recognized by gentlemen on the other side, and.
Indeed it could not be disputed. My honourable
friend (continued Mr. Tierney) could not have In
vented .i better phrase to designate us than that
which he has adopted, for we are, certainly, to ail
intents and purposes, a branch of his Majesty*
Government. Its proceedings for some time past
have proved that, although the gentlemen opposite
are in office, we are in power. The measures are
ours, but all the emoluments are theirs."— < Cheers
and laughter.)— On a division the numbers were:
For bringing up the Report, 87; against it. 76. Mr.
Hobhouse was one of the tellers for the minority.
Mr. Secretary Canning said he should not pro
ceed In the measure; on which Mr. Tierney rose.
"with heartfelt pleasure, to assure his Majesty .
Government that they had by this act just y earned
the approbation of his Majesty's Opposition. {A
la "!ia've been more particular than usual in attrib
uting this pleasantry, such as it was. to the right
ful author, because Mr. Hume, In the happy ■!>"««
of blundering which frequently used to be?et him.
gave it to Mr. Tierney. and the mistake was
adopted by one of the newspapers.
Mr. De Morgan's new novel, "It Never Can
Happen Again." is a voluminous narrative and
will occupy two volumes in the English edition.
Nevertheless, It will be sold in London by
Helnemann for four shillings. "We wonder if
the American edition will take the same form
and be Issued at the same price.
The monumental edition of the writings of
Ruskin which Mr. Cook and Mr. Wedderbum
have been putting through the press has b?en
brought to completion with two volumes of his
letters. In one of these there is a curious Illus
tration of the principle that he held as a teacher
of Ideas. Writing to Mi. Furnivall. he says:
I must apeak if 1 see people thinking what I
know is wrong, and If there is any chance of my
being listened to. I don't say I wouldn t care for
reputation If I had It. but until people are ready
to receive all I say about art as "unquestionable.
Just as they receive what Faraday tells them about
chemistry. I don't connld>r myself to have any
reputation at all worth r»rfng about.
R. "W. Huebsch announces for publication next
month a volume of "The Confessions of a Con
Man," fls told to Will Irwin. It will be Illus
trated by W. CSlackeas.'
The beautiful edition of Mr. H<>nry Jam"««
published by the Sc-rlbner.i is now Jielng issued
in England also, and "The London Times/; has
lately reviewed it. The cordial reviewer finds
this edition "a monument of art M fine In qual
ity and at the same time so remot«* from any
thing which has prodded it that it has for the
critic a double portion of suggestion and chal
lenge." The Idea is expressed that a criticism
of Mr. James's work as a whole demands ■ dis
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and that Mr. James himself is perhaps the best
man for the task. As a specimen of English
appreciation of the novelist we may cite this
He l». in fact, at one* th« most dramatic of
writers, taking the word nt its strict value, and
the most economical, however little tho two rpi
thets may seen] nt first Bight to suit the flu cloud
of (Ilnorirnitiations in which he moves and the
ample limits which he allows It. None the lews
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point by th« law of economy which forbids the
smallest waste of words on anything onreiated to
the centre. Nothing Is on any pretext to be aj
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In hand, and the business in hand mail demand no
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than It exactly requires ti> make its point Mr.
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chuckle, that, M.-- tendency la not in the direction
of underrating his Men; yet, exhaustive' In thfir
explorations as his characters show themselves,
they never utter an a!;ni«'s.-' word, they never waste
a meaningless (fl.inre. All cheap effects re for
l.iiM--n them; tliey must nrvf turn aside for a mo
ment to raise ■ laugh or excil<» tympathy; they arc
fi(.»-.-t.'«l to work intelUsenUy an<l unremtttinKiy
for their place* In the story. Mr. James will
meanwhile In return work for then), arnl will se*
to it that full Justice In <I":i*> to their beauty or
their (|ualntne!«s or their ■■■'. ■■' They certainly
have small reason fr. comphfn. The cloud of dis
criminations, with all it '!••*■■. for th.Mr Intelll
genoo«. does not Mur th^lr outmrd lines, their
features .is 1 gesture*, thesr ;>»'i!«'ni»i grs.ce< Their
cleverneai is not cold, their *•■:;, ;.-ty n.ji colorles.".
It Is very w>Mnm. only at t)>..' rarest . -Is!*, that
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forces which nßitate them; U»y may n- t crudely
talk about »uch things- th<;y are i-0.-uerncil almost
entirely with their remote and ir: I'rect maniffsta
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