THE TRIUMPHAL CHARIOT 391 rise in him to nervous disturbances and check his development. The duty of employing oneself in the education of the very youngest children does not have for its external aim the facilitation of their entry into the obligatory period of instruction, but is a duty towards the life, and therefore the health, of the child. What now interests us to ascertain is the level of attainment which can be fixed as a separation between the two kinds of school—the Children's House and the Elementary School. The children of the Children's Houses have begun four branches of learning—drawing, writing, reading and arithmetic— all of which will be continued by degrees in the elementary schools. Our recent experiences may add to these: Geometry, Biology, Geography, Grammar and others. These branches of learning depend upon the education of the senses, in which exist the preparations and the initial impulses of the four branches, which germinate from them in a kind of sudden outburst. Arithmetic is derived from a sense-exercise in estimating dimensions, that is> the quantitative relations between things. Drawing originates from educating the eye in the valuation of forms and in distinguishing colours, together with the preparation of the hand in following the outlines of specially chosen objects. Writing begins with the more complicated group of touch exercises in which the light hand is trained to move in specified directions, the eye is taught to analyse outlines and abstract forms, the hearing to perceive the sound of the voice which speaks framing the words according to their component sounds. Reading arises from writing, and extends the individual conquest into the wealth of language revealed in the writing of others. Such conquests are powerful manifestations of internal energy, and occur like sudden irruptions; the outbreak of the higher activities is accompanied by the enthusiasm and joy of the child. It was not then a mere matter of dry learning, but a triumphant manifestation of personality, which found the means for linking up with the profound needs of life. And like an ancient Roman conqueror who drove through the streets in his superb quadriga.