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PART I - THE PRESENT
CHAPTER I - NOTES ON THE ENGLISH CHARACTER

in Englishmen whom we meet, and too often vainly look for, must exist in the-'nation as a whole, or we could not have this outburst of national song. An undeveloped heart-not a cold one.
The trouble is that the English nature is not at all easy to understand. It has a great air of simplicity, it advertises itself as simple, but the more *e consider it, the greater the problems we shall encounter. People talk of the mysterious East, but the West also is mysterious. It has depths that do not reveal themselves at the first gaze. We know what the sea looks like from a distance : it is of one colour, and level, and obviously cannot contain such creatures as fish. But if we look into the sea over the edge of a boat, we see a dozen colours, and depth below depth, and fish swimming in them. That sea is the English character -apparently imperturbable and even. The depths and the colours are the English romanticism and the English sensitiveness-we do not expect to find such things, but they exist. And -to continue my metaphor-the fish are the English emotions, which are always trying tp get up to the surface, but don't quite know how. For the most Fart we see them moving far below, distorted and obscure. Now and then they succeed and we exclaim, 'Why the Englishman has emotions ! He actually can feel !' And occasionally we see that beautiful creature the flying fish, which rises out of the water altogether into the air and the sunlight. English literature is a flying fish. It is a sample of the life that goes on day after day beneath the surface ; it is a proof that beauty and emotion exist in the salt, inhospitable sea.
And now let's get back to terra firma. The Englishman's attitude toward criticism will give us another starting-point. He is not annoyed by criticism. He listens or not as the case may be, smiles and passes on, saying, ' Oh, the fellow's jealous '; ` Oh, I'm used to Bernard Shaw ; monkey tricks don't hurt me.' It never occurs to him that the fellow may be accurate as well as jealous, and that he might do well to take the criticism to heart and profit by it. It never strikes him-except as a form of words-that he is capable of improvement ; his self complacency is abysmal. Other nations, both Oriental and European, have an uneasy feeling that they are not quite perfect. In consequence they resent criticism. It hurts them ; and their

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