Over The Teacups
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PREFACE. THE kind way in which this series of papers has been received has been a pleasure greater than I dared to anticipate. I felt that I was a late coiner in the midst of a crowd of ardent and eager candidates for public attention, that I had already had my day, and that if, like the unfortunate Frenchman we used to read about, I had come again, I ought not to be surprised if I received the welcome of Monsieur Tonson. It has not proved so. My old readers have come forward in the pleasaritest possible way and assured me t h tthe y were glad to see me again. There is no need, therefore, of apologies or explanations. I thought I had something left to say and I have found listeners. In writing these papers I have had occupation and kept myself in relation with my fellow-beinms. New 9 sympathies, new sources of encouragement, if not of inspiration, have opened themselves before me and cheated the least promising season of life of nuch that seemed to render it dreary and depressing. What has particularly pleased me has been the freedoin of the criticisms which I have seen from disadvantageous comparisons of my later witH earlier writings. I should like a little rest from literary work before the repuiescat eiisuros my repose froin earthly labors, ii PXEFA CE. but I will not be m11 enough to promise that I vill not even once apin geet m y old hnd new readers if tho implllso beco nes irresistible to renew s coxnpanionship which has been to mo such a sourco of hap piness. LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS PAGE OLIVER WENDELLH OLJIE A S T THE AGE O F 80. From a painting by Edwin T. Billillgs . . . . . Frontispiece THET wo ANNEXES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 2 XUJLBER S EVEN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 6 THE RESTFUL BIOUSTAINS OR THE HESTLESS SEA . . 170 D-H CUTTING THE PROFESSOREIASI R . . . . . . 2 00 THE T UTOR AN D N IBE F R IV E I N THE ARBOR . . . . 26 2 The above illustrations are by H. IVinthrop Peirce. OVER THE TEACUPS. INTRODUCTION. THIS series of papers was begun in March, 1888. A single number was printed, when it was interrupted by the course of events, and not resumed until l early two years later, in January, 1890. The plan of the series was not formed in my mind when I wrote the first number. In returning to my task I found that my original plan had shaped itself in the underground laboratory of my thought so that some changes had to be m3de in what I had written. As I proceeded, the slight story which formed a part of my propamme developed itself without any need of much contrivance on my part. Given certain characters in a writers conception, if they are real to him, as they ought to be, they will act in such or such a way, aceorcling to the law of their nature...
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