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CONTENTS.

II. A CHAPTER OF POETRY . . . . . .

One sign of a poetical nature.—A pleasant intimacy.My

poem.—A friend's ideal.--Pelican's theory of anticipation.

--A batch of poems.-" The Red Thread of Honour.”—

An example of non-Christian chivalry.-Sunsets and their
classification.—“Evening Calm.”—“Two sides of a Love.”
-Plagiarism.—The impossibility of stealing from Shak-
speare.—The Chelsea philosopher.—“To Carlyle, and
back again.”—Two depreciatory criticisms.--God Himself

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too indefinite for some people.—Pelican's religious system.

-The heresy of believing too much.
III. LITERARY ARCHERY . . . . . . . 37
Silent members in the Literary Society.-A manuscript
magazine.—“The Target.”—Its editors and contributors.

-Secessions.—“The Lady of Shalott: a tentative inter-
pretation.”-Hidden meanings in works of art.-A woman
in a conventional world.--Dissatisfaction with the mirror
life.—People whose aspirations are larger than their
capacities.—Their fatal fall.—Pelican's humour.—Pelican
and Dickens.-Shakspearean heresies.—“The Mill on the
Floss.”—Its characters more complex than those of
Adam Bede.”—How the highest ideas of power are
conveyed.-Maggie's history not a mere history, but a
revelation.-Emerson worships ideas, but will worship no
idea exclusively.-Ruskin's fluency and Tennyson's finish.
-Arrow Aights from a home-made bow.—The forces of
nature limited.-No man ever does his best.—The effect
of beautiful scenery.-The final perfection of literature. —
Charlotte Brontè and her knowledge of human nature.
Genius nothing but persistent sensibility.- Problems solved,
not by toil, but by revelation.—Pelican's sole poetical con-

tribution.—“An Invitation.”
IV. OUT OF DOORS . . . . . . . . 63
Pelican's vagabond soul.—Unconventionalities of costume. -
Right views of things only to be arrived at in the country.
-Cowper corrected.—“The Peregrinations of Paul and
Solomon.”_"In the Wood : a Windermere Reverie.”—
The vitality of commonplaces.- Pelican's estimate of the
ordinary tourist.-Wise passiveness.Painful and painless
joy.-Christopher North.-His life essentially one of sen-
sation.--A spirit in the woods.—No man the slave of logic.

-Nature's songs without words.—The characteristics of
the beech-tree.—God's delight in His own works.—Why
is the world green ?-Everything in nature representative.

-“Man and his Dwelling-place.”—“Poetry and Poetry.”

-“Life in Nature.”

V. A CHAPTER OF TALK . . . . . . . 80

The second winter of our acquaintance.—An unsympathetic

circle.Pelican's belief in a punishing God.—How I

became a Boswell.—Originality.—The multiplying or en-

larging power of affection.—Insincere religion.—Mental

and spiritual colour-blindness.—What a mirror fails to

reveal.—Love of truth sometimes a matter of taste.-

People from whom it is easy to bear scolding.–A revival

meeting.-Belief possessed and possessing.–Mock modesty

and real anger.-A waste of power.—The self lies deeper

than the character.—The effect of unpleasant work.-No

giants in these days, but the average stature higher than it

was.-People with whom we quarrel most bitterly.-More

difficult to make resolutions than to keep them.-A man's

noblest utterance.—Poetry in solution.—Liberalism and

Conservatism.-One necessary for the individual, the other

for the community. --Smart criticism.-Impartiality not

always desirable.- Pencil-marks in books.-Love of system

a dangerous passion.-The uselessness of discussion.-

Poem : “The Years take all.”

VI. FRIENDS AND FOES . . . . . . . 106

A man best known by his loves and hatreds.—Men and

women not the only friends.-Opinion no basis of pre-

ference.—Interesting people.—Individuality one of Peli-

can's idols.-Nonconformity of nature. -Caste friendships.

-Pelican's idea of a gentleman.-Gentle breeding gives

quick and broad sympathies.—Medical friends.—Mr.
Brownlow.—The fluidity of his mind.—Men of piety and
men of science.—Dr. Wade a realization of the poetic ideal.

-Every kind of sense but common sense.—A Berkeleyan
philosopher.—What he did for Pelican.-Robert Browning.
-His music.-A noble verse.Pelican not a good hater.
- Unimaginative people the objects of his greatest dislike.

-How he chose his book friends.—Books which show the

inside of people.-Limits to his catholicity.—Miscellaneous

enmities.

VII. SOCIETY UNDER WATER . . . . . . 123

Out of sorts.-A water hater. -An organized hydropathic

conspiracy.- Pelican is vanquished.-A split in the camp

of advisers.—Arrival at Avondale.—The manager and the

doctor.--A pleasant scene.—The breakfast table. A

newspaper editor.-Oratorical devotion.—Contending the-

ologians.—The Billingsgate Brethren.-How the battles

were begun.-A mystery explained.-“The advantages

of Christian society."--Eccentric patients.- Pet subjects

of conversation.—The nonconformist.—The astronomical

heretic.—The missionary.—Congenial spirits.—The bright

side of Avondale.

VIII. THE AVONDALE CORRESPONDENCÉ .

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Pelican's Alippancy a surface deposit.—The dogmatism

which he hated.--Social republics.—Pelican's letters.-

Literary fasting.–George Eliot's “Spanish Gypsy.”—Its

subject.—A man's past his absolute master.—How far are

the laws of fate moral laws ?-A noble passage.—A black

sheep.—Swedenborg's science of correspondences.—No.

royal road to the spiritual significance of the universe.-

A sceptic.-A phrenological examination.Pelican's news-

paper.-A grotesque biography.—The scientific side of
filial affection.—The phrenology of common life.—Pelican
not open to conviction.—Opinion and knowledge.-A de-
nunciation of the evidences of Christianity.–George Daw-
son's lecture.—An Erasmus, not a Luther.—The fly in
amber.-Effects of wet weather.-G. H. Lewes as an
historian of philosophy.-Philosophy and faith.—Some
poems have the characteristics of music.—“ Break, break,
break !—The great pulpit question.-The combination of
the intellectual and the spiritual in preaching very rare.—
An argument with a missing link.Spirituality and elec-

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