First and Last

by Hilaire Belloc

On Weighing Anchor -- The Reveillon -- On Cheeses -- The Captain of Industry -- The Inventor -- The Views of England -- The Lunatic -- The Inheritance of Humour -- The Old Gentleman's Opinions -- On Historical Evidence -- The Absence of the Past -- St. Patrick -- The Lost Things -- On the Reading of History -- The Victory -- Reality -- On the Decline of the Book -- Jose Maria De Heredia -- Normandy and the Normans -- The Old Things -- The Battle of Hastings -- The Roman Roads in Picardy -- The Reward of Letters -- The Eye-Openers -- The Public -- On Entries -- Companions of Travel -- On the Sources of Rivers -- On Error -- The Great Sight -- The Decline of a State -- On Past Greatness -- Mr. the Duke: The Man of Malplaquet -- The Game of Cards -- "King Lear" -- The Excursion -- The Tide -- On a Great Wind -- The Letter -- The Regret -- The End of the World.

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