At least that is what the writer
thought and the thought pleased him.
There can be no doubt that the Odyssean line was suggested by the Iliadic, but nothing can explain why Idaeus jumping from his chariot should suggest to the writer
of the "Odyssey" the sun jumping from the sea.
Dealing with the beginnings of imagination in the minds of children, they record, with the reality which a very delicate touch preserves from anything lugubrious, not those merely preventible miseries of childhood over which some writers
have been apt to gloat, but the contact of childhood with the great and inevitable sorrows of life, into which children can enter with depth, with dignity, and sometimes with a kind of simple, pathetic greatness, to the discipline of the heart.
Our modern authors of comedy have fallen almost universally into the error here hinted at; their heroes generally are notorious rogues, and their heroines abandoned jades, during the first four acts; but in the fifth, the former become very worthy gentlemen, and the latter women of virtue and discretion: nor is the writer
often so kind as to give himself the least trouble to reconcile or account for this monstrous change and incongruity.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), the first of the rather prominent group of recent Scotch writers
of fiction, is as different as possible from Hardy.
There is nothing that they are not willing to give or do to have their children instructed, and, so far as the writer
has observed herself, or taken the testimony of teachers among them, they are remarkably intelligent and quick to learn.
Besides Wace, many writers
told the tale in French.
Indeed, a love for any one of these significant writers
will be enough, not to speak of an admiration for "Aucassin and Nicolete.
Now the foregoing means work, especially the last year of it, when I was learning my trade as a writer
But when Tragedy and Comedy came to light, the two classes of poets still followed their natural bent: the lampooners became writers
of Comedy, and the Epic poets were succeeded by Tragedians, since the drama was a larger and higher form of art.
of travels among barbarous communities are generally very diffuse on these subjects, he deems it right to advert to what may be considered a culpable omission.
By the co-operation of different writers
in carrying out this plan it was hoped that a thoroughness and completeness of treatment, otherwise unattainable, might be secured.