For my part, I do not much believe in the predilections of boyhood.
One forgives the critic - perhaps - but never the good-natured friend.
Nature of course is the best guide in the matter of choosing a pursuit.
And what holds good of verse holds infinitely better in respect to prose.
Nor, in our own country, must we fail to take notice of the establishment of School Boards.
In England, literary pretence is more universal than elsewhere from our method of education.
But, on the other hand, the occasional and precarious dripping of coppers has by no means a genial effect.
In all highly civilised communities Pretence is prominent, and sooner or later invades the regions of Literature.
The idea of bringing young people up to Literature is doubtless calculated to raise the eyebrows almost as much as the suggestion of bringing them up to the Stage.
A nobler example, because a less personal one, of the pinch of poverty, is when it prevents the accomplishment of some cherished scheme for the benefit of the human race.