when the host expressed the hope that she had not been pained by the criticism: ‘Why should I be pained?
I have not the honor to be among the intimate friends of M. de Voltaire
Even at this day the French
journalists are quite bewildered by the Pall Mall Gazette
's lists of English immortals; and ask who Tennyson
is, and what plays Ruskin
Those who happened, like myself, to be in Paris
during the Exposition of 1878 remember well the astonishment produced in the French
mind by the discovery that any pictures were painted in England
; and the French Millet
was at that time almost as little known in London
as was his almost namesake, the English Millais
, in Paris
If a foreign nation represented posterity, neither of these eminent artists appeared then to have a chance of lasting fame.
When we see the intellectual separation thus maintained between England
, with only the width of the Channel
between them, we can understand the separation achieved by the Atlantic
, even where there is no essential difference of language.
tries to convince Frenchmen that the forty English