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PART III - THE PAST
CHAPTER I - THE CONSOLATIONS OF HISTORY

education, and turning from these as almost too awful one can still converse unblamed with their sisters. There is no objection, for instance, against recalling the arrangements of the sixteenth-century Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar. The courtesans of Vijayanagar were beautiful and rich-one of them left over £32,000. They were highly esteemed, which also seems right ; some were housemaids, others cooks, and five hundred were attached on a peace basis to the army, ' all great musicians, dancers and acrobats, and very quick and nimble at their performances.' In war the number was increased ; indeed, the king sent the entire of the personable population into the field, judging that its presence would enhearten the troops. So many ladies hampered his strategy, it is true, but the opposing army was equally hampered, and when its soldiers ran away, its ladies sat still, and accrued to the victors. With existence as it threatens to-day-a draggled mass of elderly people and barbed wire-it is agreeable to glance back at those enchanted carnages, and to croon over conditions that we now subscribe to exterminate. Tight little faces from Oxford, fish-shaped faces from Cambridge-we cannot help having our dreams. Was life then warm and tremendous ? Did the Vijayanagar Government really succeed in adjusting the balance between society and sex ?-a task that has baffled even Mrs. Humphry Ward. We cannot tell ; we can only be certain that it acted with circumspection and pomposity, and that most of its subjects did not know what it was up to. The myriads of nonentities who thronged its courts and camps, and were allotted inferior courtesans or none at all -alas ! it is with these alone that readers of my pages can claim kinship.
Yet sweet though it is to dally with the past, one returns to the finer pleasures of morality in the end. The schoolmaster in each of us awakes, examines the facts of History, and marks them on the result of the examination. Not all the marks need be bad. Some incidents, like the Risorgimento, get excellent as a matter of course, while others, such as the character of Queen Elizabeth, get excellent in the long run. Nor must events be marked at their face value. Why was it right of Drake to play bowls when he heard the Armada was approaching, but wrong of Charles II to catch moths when he heard that the

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