["long unlovely" comes from section VII of Tennyson's In Memoriam. — George P. Landow.]

decorated initial IT is not so sad a thing after all, to contemplate ruins as it is to contemplate new work very badly done. What ruins can make one feel so melancholy as seeing "long unlovely," newly-built, gardenless streets of ill-arranged houses, rising up and deforming the suburbs of great towns? In looking at new buildings of this kind, the sense comes over one of a decadence, rather than an increase, of power in mankind. And this is very disheartening. Besides, one foresees that in a few years, these buildings will have a squalldity wholly unrelieved by the softening and beautifying effects of age. They will still be new, and yet will be decayed. [177-78]

Bibliography

[Helps, Sir Arthur]. Brevia: Short Essays and Aphorisms by the Author of “Friends in Council”. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1871. The reverse of the title page has the following: “Chiswick Press: — printed by Whittingham and Wilkins, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane [London].”


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