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Chapter 6: Lowell's closing years in Cambridge Mr. Smalley's recent paper in Harper's Weekly on Mr. Lowell in England is one so thoroughly delightful and instructive that it is, perhaps, to be
s makes it the more worth while to take exception to one single point in the portrait — where Mr. Smalley is tempted to generalize just a little beyond his own knowledge, in pronouncing on the whole than half that life.
It is this point and this only which I should venture to criticise.
Mr. Smalley says of Lowell: He came to London the man he had been all his life long . . a thinker, a drea , became herself an invalid.
London life, indeed, came just in time for him. From this point Mr. Smalley's delineation is admirable, nothing could be truer or better; and even this partial modificat r than their own; but they learned-at least, Lowell did — the value of half-rations.
Perhaps Mr. Smalley presses too far the novelty that Lowell found in a circle where there were others besides men