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TWENTY-SEVENTH TALK         551

which very few venture to talk about. With h^r char-
acteristic boldness she republished it, was prosecuted,
and, after a nolle 'froseqm was issued, she wrote a
more carefully wooded pamphlet on the subject. Her
reward for that was to have her personal character
vilified in the most abominable manner, and without
any foundation, merely on the supposition that a
person who wrote a pamphlet on such a subject must
necessarily be an abominable persona truly ridicul-
ous idea. She since, at Mme. Blavatsky's wish, with-
drew the pamphlet, as not the most spiritual way of
dealing with the difficulty. But she has never, I am
sure, regretted that she did her best to deal with the
facts as she saw them. Only now she says, with the
greater knowfedge that has come to her, that she was
approaching the problem in the materialistic way.
But the point is the evil that all that gossip did. Her
enemies set on footmaliciously set on footall sorts
of attacks upon her personal character. The conse-
quence was that^many people, who had previously
admired her very greatly, as indeed they might well
do, had their ideal destroyed and taken from them.
It is a terrible thing to destroy a person's ideal, to
cheapen it and lower it, to make him feel that after
all it is not so good, or so high, or so noble,
as he thought. They talk of the destruction of
ideals as a great and good thing. The destruction
of a person's ideal may be the most serious evil
you can do him. If he idealises something which,