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(mumble) are hidden by the hats of our episcopal
dignitaries! I declare to you, my dear fellow, that it
is my profound conviction that the preponderance of
mankind is entirely—yes, most grievously indifferent
to the deliberations of that well-intentioned but ob-
tuse body of men, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners!"
Slightly sententious, perhaps; but no one could doubt
that he was a dear old chap who had done his level
best to leave the world in better order than he'd found
it.

There were times when I felt perversely indignant
at the "cushiness"of my convalescent existence. These
reactions were mostly caused by the few letters which
came to me from the front. One of Joe DottrelPs
hastily pencilled notes could make me unreasonably
hostile to the cheerful voices of croquet players and
inarticulately unfriendly to the elegant student of
Italian when she was putting her pearl necklace out
in the sun> "because pearls do adore the sun so!"

It wasn't easy to feel animosity against the pleasant-
mannered neighbours who droppedin to tea. Nibbling
cucumber sandwiches, they conceded full military
honours to any officer who had been wounded. They
discussed gardening and joked about domestic diffi-
culties; they talked about war-work and public affairs;
but they appeared to be refusing to recognize the
realities which were implied by a letter from an in-
domitable quartermaster in France. "The Battalion
has been hard at it again and had a rough time, but
as usual kept their end up well—much to the joy of
the Staff, who have been round here to-day like flies
round a jam-pot, congratulating the Colonel and all
others concerned. I am sorry to say that the Padre
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