XVII Material for a Projected Sequel to Alps and Sanctuaries Mrs. Dowe on Alps and Sanctuaries AFTER reading Alps and Sanctuaries Mrs. Dowe said to Ballard: " You seem to hear him talking to you all the time you are reading." I don't think I ever heard a criticism of my books which pleased me better, especially as Mrs. Dowe is one of the women I have always liked. Not to be Omitted I must get in about the people one meets. The man who did not like parrots because they were too intelligent. And the man who told me that Handel's Messiah was " trte chic," and the smell of the cyclamens " stupendous." And the man who said it was hard to think the world was not more than 6000 years old, and we encouraged him by telling him we thought it must be even more than 7000. And the English lady who said of some one that " being an artist, you know, of course he had a great deal of poetical feeling." And the man who was sketching and said he had a very good eye for colour in the light, but would I be good enough to tell him what colour was best for the shadows. " An amateur," he said, " might do very decent things in water-colour, but oils require genius." So I said : " What is genius ? " " Millet's picture of the Angdus sold for 700,000 francs. Now that/' he said, " is genius."