1NUJLJDJQ x-su XIII THE LANTERN-BEARERS One of Stevenson's studies of the child-miiid, to be compared with k Child's Play' and * A Penny Plain and Twopence Coloured.' Stevenson was * always a boy at heart,' and this is another recollec- tion, half-humorous, half-wistful, of the long-past days of his boyhood on the Scottish coast. * I had no design at first to be autobiographical,' he writes, ' and when my own young face began to appear in the well as by a kind of magic, I was the first to be surprised by the occurrence.' Bass. The Bass Rock is off the entrance to the Firth of Forth. Tantallon Castle, on the neighbouring coast, was held by Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus (1450-1514), who rebelled against James III and James IV and * belled the cat' by murdering Robert Cochrane, the favourite of the former. ' Bell the Cat' is a proverb derived from the old Msop fable of how the mice proposed to hang a bell on the cat's neck and so render her innocuous to them. podley, a small sea-fish, the pollack. Maenad, a devotee of Bacchus; hence a demented or excited person. 6 By his fireside . . . liking.' Wordsworth, Prelude, vi. 203-4. Andre", hero of George Sand's novel of the same name. Antony. Not cowardly put off my helmet to My countryman. A. and C., iv. xni, 56-7. Dostoieffsky (1821-81), Bussian novelist, and forerunner of Tolstoy. itur, Aeneid, vi. 179. * To the ancient wood they go.' XIV A CHRISTMAS SERMON This, perhaps, is the most typical of Stevenson's essays in his reflective, moralizing vein. Here we see the Shorter-Catechist at his best. The whole essay should be compared with Lay Morals, of which it is an epitome. Germanieus (15 B.C.-19 A.D.), the hero of the earlier part of the Annals of Tacitus. He was a brilliant general, and in 12 A,C. led an expedition against the Germans. He was probably poisoned by Tiberius. laerymae. Tears waken tears and honour honour brings, And mortal hearts are moved by mortal things. Vergil, ^CK. 1. 459. Zola, the great French novelist (1840-1902), famous for tho brutal realism of his writings. See c A Note on Bealism' in The Art o/ Writing. capitis, loss of civil rights.