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BRIEF MENTION. 487
<or " it has been remarked ", instead of " I have remarked ">
is a trait of good style may be doubted ; since there is given
to the reader's mind a certain needless task in substituting the
real meaning for the meaning expressed'. However, A. J. P.
is a convenient substitute for the offensive capital letter.
W. A. M. : Housman's introduction to his Manilius (London,
1903) is pungent reading and is good discipline for any man who
is bold enough to write a book for his enemy. And yet in spite
of the Ishmaelitish tone of the work and the savage, nay bar-
barous, criticism of his predecessors and contemporaries, there
are bitter truths expressed therein that are enlivened by a grim
and mordant humor. Bentley, Housman says, was impatient,
was tyrannical, was too sure of himself, and treated the MSS
much as if they were fellows of Trinity. And the " Scientific
critic unlike the rest of mankind contrives to enjoy the usually
incompatible luxuries of shirking his work and despising his
superiors". Housman's remarks on the conservative, because
incompetent, character of the latest criticism as distinguished
from the wise audacity of Lachmann and Madvig, are well worth
reading. But why may not the truth be spoken in love? When
one bears testimony against an evil generation it is not well to
prejudice the message by arousing the old Adam in the reader,
and Housman is wonderfully successful in that. " The simple
process of opening one's mouth and shutting one's eyes has been
dignified by the title of ' eine streng wissenschaftliche Methode',
but rational criticism has been branded with a term of formal
reprobation ". Let no man say that in our effete age the odium
philologicum has passed away so long as Mr. Housman abides
with us. 1
In the last number of this Journal (p. 318, lines 21, ff.), I said that the dis-
cussion of Malevole's relationship to the melancholy Jaques had recently
been "revived", and referred in my note to Dr. E. E. Stoll's article on
" Shakspere, Marston, and the Malcontent Type", Modern Philology, Vol.
Ill, pp. 281, ff.
I used the word " revived " because I recollected, as I thought, that Dr.
Stoll had, in his own article, referred to some previous discussions of his
subject. This, however, is not the case. The credit of the discovery belongs
entirely to Dr. Stoll, and my apologies for the mistake are due both to him
and to the readers of this Journal.
Kirby Flower Smith.
1 This mordancy seems to have grown on Mr. Housman since the date of
his contributions to the Journal IX 316 foil., XIII 139 foil, in which the
Pramnean wine of his criticism is not unduly tart. Fortunate are those in
whom the bitterness of life does not generate bitterness of temper a<p66p'
iarlv fijiim 6 fSiof oiva Trpoetpepfft- brav y to \oitt6v fwtpov, ofof yiverai. — B. L. G.