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376   The Life of the World to Come

in  Darwinism"   in   the   Universal   Review  ^published  in
Essays on Life, Art and Science^*

7.  The perception of the principle that led organic life to
split up into  two main divisions,  animal and vegetable.
[Alps  and Sanctuaries, close of Chapter XIII:    Luck or
Cunning ?]

8.  The perception that, if the kinetic theory is held good,
our thought of a thing, whatever that thing may be, is^ in
reality an exceedingly weak dilution of the actual thing
itself.   [Stated, but not fully developed, in Luck or Cunning ?
Chapter XIX, also in some of the foregoing notes.]

9.  The restitution to Giovanni and Gentile Bellini of their
portraits in the Louvre and the finding of five other portraits
of these two painters of whom Crowe and Cavalcaselle and
Layard maintain that we have no portrait.   [Letters to the
Aihenaum, &c.]

10.  The restoration to Holbein of the drawing in the Basel
Museum called La Danse.   [Universal Review, Nov., 1889.]

11.  The calling attention to Gaudenzio Ferrari and putting
him before the public with something like the emphasis that
he deserves.   [Ex Voto.]

12.  The discovery of a life-sized statue of Leonardo da
Vinci by Gaudenzio Ferrari.   [Ex Voto.]

13.  The unearthing of the Flemish sculptor Jean de Wespin
(called Tabachetti in Italy) and of Giovanni Antonio Paracca.
[Ex Voto.]

14.  The finding out that  the  Odyssey was  written  at
Trapani, the clearing up of the whole topography of the poem,
and the demonstration, as it seems to me, that the poem was
written by a woman and not by a man.   Indeed, I may almost
claim to have discovered the Odyssey, so altered does it be-
come when my views of it are adopted.   And robbing Homer
of the Odyssey has rendered the Iliad far more intelligible;
besides, I have set the example of how he should be ap-
proached.   [The Authoress of the Odyssey.]

15.  The attempt to do justice to my grandfather by writing
* Butler had two separate grounds of complaint against Charles

Darwin, one scientific, the other personal. With regard to the per-
sonal quarrel some facts came to light after Butler's death and the
subject is dealt with in a pamphlet entitled Charles Darwin and Samuel
Butler: A Step towards Reconciliation, by Henry Festing Jones (A. C.
Fifield, 1911).