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[202] passages of mere twaddle. He does not, like William Black, catch the same salmon over again so many times in a single story, and with such ever-increasing fulness of detail, that Izaak Walton himself would at last be bored into an impulse of forbearance; he does not, like Clark Russell, keep his heroine for nearly a year running about half-clothed over scorching rocks upon a tropical island, and then go into raptures over the dazzling whiteness of her bosom. So in the use of language, Howells does not, like Hardy, write ‘tactical observation’ where he means ‘tactful;’ or, like Haggard, say ‘those sort of reflections.’ It is a curious thing that on the very points where America formerly went to school to England, we should now have to praise our own authors for setting a decent example.

Can it be that, as time goes on, the habit of careful writing is one day to be set aside carelessly, as a mere American whim? In Professor Bain's essay ‘On Teaching English, with Detailed Examples’ one finds such phrases on the part of the author as ‘Sixty themes or thereby are handled in these pages’ (p. 38),

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