Baxter's Procrustes

Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,867 / 14 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 832
Added to site: 2009.04.12
mnybks.net#: 23926
Genre: Short Story
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emed to me a little cautiously, 'it is not exactly Spencerian, although it squints at the Spencerian view, with a slight deflection toward Hegelianism. I should consider it an harmonious fusion of the best views of all the modern philosophers, with a strong Baxterian flavor.'

'Yes,' said Thompson, 'the charm of the chapter lies in this very quality. The style is an emanation from Baxter's own intellect, -- he has written himself into the poem. By knowing Baxter we are able to appreciate the book, and after having read the book we feel that we are so much the more intimately acquainted with Baxter, -- the real Baxter.'

Baxter had come in during this colloquy, and was standing by the fireplace smoking a pipe. I was not exactly sure whether the faint smile which marked his face was a token of pleasure or cynicism; it was Baxterian, however, and I had already learned that Baxter's opinions upon any subject were not to be gathered always from his facial expression. For instance, when the club porter'

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