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political philosophy, though clear and vigorous in
style, were too advanced for my elementary require-
ments. They were, I read on the first page, "inspired
by a view of the springs of action which has been
suggested by the War. And all of them are informed
by the hope of seeing such political institutions estab-
lished in Europe as shall make men averse from waró
a hope which I firmly believe to be realizable, though
not without a great and fundamental reconstruction
of economic and social life." From the first I realized
that this was a book whose meanings could only be
mastered by dint of copious underlining. What inte-
grates an individual life is a consistent creative purpose or
unconscious direction. I underlined that, and then
looked up "integrate" in the dictionary. Of course, it
meant the opposite of disintegrate, which was what the
optimists of the press said would soon happen to the
Central Powers of Europe. Soon afterwards I came
to the conclusion that much time would be saved if I
underlined the sentences which didn't need under-
lining. The truth was that there were too many ideas
in the book. I was forced to admit that nothing in
TyrrelTs lectures could be used for backing up my
point of view when I was being interrogated by the
Colonel at Clitherland. . . . The thought of Clither-
land was unspeakably painful. I had a vague hope
that I could get myself arrested without going there.
It would be so much easier if I could get my case
dealt with by strangers.

Aunt Evelyn did her best to brighten the part of my
double life which included her, but at meal times I
was often morose and monosyllabic. Humanly speak-