Abjuring, as I say, dinkiness in all its forms, we may still hope that
those cleanly and respectable spinsters, the Sister Arts, will continue
throughout the ages, rocking and drinking tea unterrified by the
million-tongued clamor in the back yard and below stairs, where thumb
and forefinger continue the question demanded by intellectual
"L'arr! Kesker say l'arr?"
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY, PUBLISHERS, NEW YORK.
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THE MASTERPIECE OF A MASTER MIND.
The Prodigal Son.
By Hall Caine. 12mo. Ornamental Cloth, $1.50.
"The Prodigal Son" follows the lines of the Bible parable in the
principal incidents, but in certain important particulars it departs
from them. In a most convincing way, and with rare beauty, the story
shows that Christ's parable is a picture of heavenly mercy, and not of
human justice, and if it were used as an example of conduct among men it
would destroy all social conditions and disturb accepted laws of
justice. The book is full of movement and incident, and must appeal to
the public by its dramatic story alone. The Prodigal Son at the close of
the book has learned this great lesson, and the meaning of the parable
is revealed to him. Neither success nor fame can ever wipe out the evil
of the past.