Elementary Morality 35 managed our education that we go in even greater danger of losing the money than other people are. Religion Is there any religion whose followers can be pointed to as distinctly more amiable and trustworthy than those of any other? If so, this should be enough. I find the nicest and best people generally profess no religion at all, but are ready to like the best men of all religions. Heaven and Hell Heaven is the work of the best and kindest men and women. Hell is the work of prigs, pedants and professional truth- tellers. The \vorld is an attempt to make the best of both. Priggishness The essence of priggishness is setting up to be better than one's neighbour. Better may mean more virtuous, more clever, more agreeable or what not. The worst of it is that one cannot do anything outside eating one's dinner or taking a walk without setting up to know more than one's neighbours. It was this that made me say in Life and Habit [close of ch. ii.] that I was among the damned in that I wrote at all. So I am ; and I am often very sorry that I was never able to reach those more saintly classes who do not set up as instructors of other people. But one must take one's lot. Lohengrin He was a prig. In the bedroom scene with Elsa he should have said that her question put him rather up a tree but that, as she wanted to know who he was, he would tell her and would let the Holy Grail slide. Swells People ask complainingly what swells have done, or do, for society that they should be able to live without working. The good swell is the creature towards which all nature has.