Essays in Little

Essays in Little

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Essays in Little by Andrew Lang

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Alexandre Dumas -- Mr. Stevenson's works -- Thomas Haynes Bayly -- Theodore de Banville -- Homer and the study of Greek -- The last fashionable novel -- Thackeray -- Dickens -- Adventures of Buccaneers -- The sagas -- Charles Kingsley -- Charles Lever: his books, adventures and misfortunes -- The poems of Sir Walter Scott -- John Bunyan -- Letter to a young journalist -- Mr.Kipling's stories

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in the prison, on the desert isle. And then Dumas comes, and, like Argive Helen, in Homer, he casts a drug into the wine, the drug nepenthe, "that puts all evil out of mind." Does any one suppose that when George Sand was old and tired, and near her death, she would have found this anodyne, and this stimulant, in the novels of M. Tolstoi, M. Dostoiefsky, M. Zola, or any of the "scientific" observers whom we are actually requested to hail as the masters of a new art, the art of the future? Would they make her laugh, as Chicot does? make her forget, as Porthos, Athos, and Aramis do? take her away from the heavy, familiar time, as the enchanter Dumas takes us? No; let it be enough for these new authors to be industrious, keen, accurate, precieux, pitiful, charitable, veracious; but give us high spirits now and then, a light heart, a sharp sword, a fair wench, a good horse, or even that old Gascon rouncy of D'Artagnan's. Like the good Lord James Douglas, we had liefer hear the lark sing over moor and down, with

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