WRITTEN LANGUAGE 245 writing? And would it not have been simpler to begin with cursive writing? Would many not believe that in order to learn to write it is necessary to make children draw little strokes? This used to be a deep-seated conviction. It actually seemed natural that, in order to write the letters of the alphabet which are all round, it was necessary to begin with straight lines and with strokes giving a bend at an acute angle. Need we really marvel then that the beginner experienced such great difficulty in getting rid of sharp angularity when attempting the beautiful curves of the letter 0, or how much effort he and we expended in getting him to make strokes and write with acute angles? Who is it who revealed to us that the first drawing to be made ought to be a straight line? And why are we so determined to use angles to prepare the way for curves? Let us rid ourselves for a moment from such preconceptions, and let us travel along a simpler track. Perhaps it will bring us great relief, sparing future humanity every effort needed to learn to write. Is it necessary to begin with strokes? Logical thought at once answers " No ". The child expends too painful an effort in. such an exercise, for the strokes must form only the minor difficulty which has to be overcome. Also, if we notice carefully, the stroke is the most difficult exercise to accomplish; only a first-class writer can complete with regularity a page of strokes, whilst a person who writes moderately well could offer a page of presentable writing. In fact, the straight line is unique, indicating the shortest distance between two points. On the contrary, every deviation from this direction'means a line which is not straight; the infinite deviations are therefore easier than the unique line, which represents perfection. If the order is given to draw on the blackboard a straight line without any other limitation, every one will draw a long line, in different directions, beginning sometimes on the one side, sometimes on the other and almost all will succeed in it. If one asks for a .straight line to be drawn in some particular direction and beginning from a definite.