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CHAPTER VIII - RONALD FIRBANK

enough we have thrown down the book ourselves a page before. Yes, he has genius, for we are certain to take up the book again, and to come across Reggie, whose voice was rather like cheap scent, or Cardinal Pirelli baptizing a dog, or Miss Sinquier, daughter to a dean, who gave up all for the drama, and was killed by a mouse-trap, or Mrs. Cresswell, who would have been canonized but for her unfortunate mot :` If we are all a part of God, then God must, indeed, be horrible,' or Princess Elsie of England, or St. Laura de Nazianzi her rival, or the Mouth family leaving their negro nakedness for the lures of Cuna-Cuna, or a hundred other sentences or people (the two classes are not separable) which have been evoked by his gaiety and exoticism. It is tempting to conclude the catalogue with the words ' He was a perfect artist '; tempting but unwise, for the words have something of the heavenly extinguisher about them, and we may discover that after all he was a glow-worm, and that now we cannot see him any more.
Vainglory is a good example of his earlier manner, and Prancing Nigger (first called Sorrow in Sunlight) of his later. Vainglory is all tweaks and skips. It professes to describe the attempts of Mrs. Shamefoot to insert herself into Ashringford Cathedral in the form of a stained-glass window. Bishop Pantry is reluctant. Meanwhile she runs a florist's shop ; indeed, Meanwhile would do admirably as a sub-title for the book. On we read, confusing the characters with the incidents and neglecting the outcome, but tickled by the images and the turns of the talk. It is frivolous stuff, and how rare, how precious is frivolity ! How few writers can prostitute all their powers ! They are always implying ' I am capable of higher things.' Firbank is completely absorbed in his own nonsense ; he has nothing to hide, he is not showing off, he is not (oi is very seldom) polemical. When he attempts satire, or wistfulness (as in Santal), he fail at once, he was incapable of totting up life. But there are no attempts in Vainglory, it is an untainted series of absurdities, and most delightful although Mrs. Shamefoot's efforts have not even a comic coherency.
It is strange that such a writer should have developed, but Prancing Nigger offers quite another pair of wings. The butterfly has come out, and has demanded, with such severity as it can

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