The Practitioner Volume 56

The Practitioner Volume 56

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... as to suggest to my mind that it was the work of some ardent reformer who, in despair of bringing the obstructives among his colleagues to reason, is now encouraging them in the suicidal policy of "filling up the cup." The spectacle of a body of more or less distinguished gentlemen, highly estimable in their private capacities, being misled into making such an exhibition of themselves would be touching if it were not so delightfully funny. It was really too bad to lead them into such a trap; but all is fair in war. The College and its Councillors. The resolution itself, read in the light of the gloss I have given, is such a masterpiece of the "New Humour" that I cannot refrain from enlivening my dull page by quoting it. The text runs: " lthat. as the members of this Qtuunril represent the hung rorpnratr of this Royal ifiullegr. nub. runsrqnenflg. its flflemters as mu as its _-FeIInms. it is the opinion at this QIounriI that no further representation of the members is Iirsiratlr." Nor Pope nor Kaiser could be more autocratic than this conciliabuluin, which evidently takes as its motto Sic vole, sic jubeo: stet pro ratione voluntas I Or is the stock of reason in the Council Room so slender that it is considered too precious to be wasted on Members? They are virtually told to be thankful that certain superior persons are good enough to take the trouble of managing the affairs of the College off their hands. It is an honour, no doubt, and even a privilege; but is it not rating even the intelligence of mere Members a little too low to tell them that the august body.in question "represents" them? The fact that the Conscript Fathers of "this Royal College" should have allowed themselves...show more

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  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 445g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236754034
  • 9781236754035