Anne, far from wishing to cavil
at the pleasure, replied, "I can easily believe it.
A few cavils
: the device of the naive young narrator means there is some lack of nuance; several of the protagonists are rather one-dimensional; the happy tying up of all the knots at the end, not least the parents' remarkably rapid transition from bigotry to acceptance, stretches plausibility.
In spite of the cavils
and quibbles of orthodoxy-keepers, Mary (and women) touched on divine status in Irish piety and we have the statuary to prove it.
Stressing that a positively critical media is vital to national development, and the growth of our democracy, the President submitted that a media that cavils
will only generate unwarranted tension in a plural society like Nigeria's.
Their topics include Austenian inspirations for Maria Wirtemberska's "original romance: Malvina, or the Heart's Intuition (1816), rediscovering forgotten translations in Polish-English cultural exchanges, Samuel Johnson and Voltaire's "petty cavils
" on English literature, two world wars and one World Cup: attitudes and expressions to "the continent" in John King's England Away, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning's relationship with Italy.
It is ironic that while he frowns on "technicalities," he cavils
over the TROs service as not being in accord with the Rules of Court.
As a touring production this Herring had many virtues in terms of its versatile settings - such as designer Adam Wiltshire's perfectly-clipped trees having their foliage lifted off to reveal well-piled pyramids of greengrocery fruit (though his costume-designs seemed inconsistent in period), and Declan Randall's sensitive lighting - but Michael Barker-Caven's direction invited some cavils
But these cavils
aside, Baker's welcome account throws a strong light on an American witchcraft episode that has not hitherto received the attention it clearly deserves.
"I find the cavils
of selfappointed committees for the suppression of curiosity very tedious," he wrote.
But these are minor cavils
about a delightful, absorbing and varied book.