Doses of Honesty

What Has Happened When Children Cry for Castor Oil?

Once readers were ignorant, and naively vain of their erudition Later readers were honest, and openly proud of their vices. Later still readers were gentle, and sentimentally enamored of their poses. Now readers are literate, and remarkably fond of their opinions. Elizabethan, Restoration, Victorian, Modern literature — where is it going?

In a world so basely consecrated to the truth, Fiction (which is the art of lying) is still at least a semi-honorable profession. It is, because it makes a puissant defense, saying: "I...

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