136 NOTES a versatile French novelist, dramatist and critic. She was prominent in the literary circles of her day, and was a friend of Samte-Beuve, De Musset and other contemporary writers. She exercised a marked influence over George Eliot. George Meredith. Stevenson is probably thinking of the match- less love-scene in The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, when Richard and Lucy Desborough meet beside the river. Cf. what he says in the epilogue to * The Lantern-Bearers' and * A Gossip on Romance.' Beulah, from Stevenson's old favourite, The Pilgrim's Progress. Daniel Deronda is, like Richardson's Sir Charles Grandison, the result of George Eliot's attempt to depict a ' perfect man.' The result in either case is a perfect prig, a self-conscious bore. * Marriage ol Cana.' Stevenson no doubt refers to the famous painting (1563) by Paul Veronese, now in the Louvre. This was the scene of Jesus Christ's first miracle (St. John. n. 1-12). the blind bow-boy. Cupid, the god of Love, is represented as a blmd youth, armed, like the Indian god Kama, with a bow where- with he pierces human hearts. IV AES TRIPLEX This gallant essay on the theme ' Whom the gods love, die young,' has a curiously prophetic ring about it. The motto is taken from Horace, Odes i. in : Illi robur et aes triplex Circum pectus erat, qui fragilem truci Commisit pelago ratem. Oak and brass of triple fold Encompassed sure that heart, which first made bold To the raging sea to trust. (Conington). dule trees. Gallows-trees, (dule, sorrow). Curtlus. Quintus Curtius (362 B.C.) flung himself into the gulf which had opened in the Roman forum, because the gods demanded * what Rome valued most,' as a sacrifice. Caligula, Caius Caesar (31-74 A. a), a monster of cruelty and vice, who was finally assassinated. The Praetorian Guards were the imperial body-guard. Baiae in Campania was a fashionable Roman watering-place. Commander's Statue. See Moliere's Don Juan, iv, vi, viii, and Brewer's Reader's Handbook, s.v. Juan (Don). Permanent Possibility. A reference to the philosophy of Herbert Spencer. Job, the hero of the Old Testament book of that name, famous for his patient endurance of the sufferings inflicted on him by God to test his faith. Omar Khayyam, the philosopher-poet of Nishapur in Persia, (c. 1100 A.a), whose Rubdiydt FitzGerald has so charmingly rendered into English quatrains.