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SUMMER IN A GARDEN
CALVIN A STUDY OF CHARACTER 

INTRODUCTORY LETTER 

MY DEAR MR.  FIELDS,--I did promise to write an Introduction to these
charming papers but an Introduction,--what is it?--a sort of
pilaster, put upon the face of a building for looks' sake, and
usually flat,--very flat.  Sometimes it may be called a caryatid,
which is, as I understand it, a cruel device of architecture,
representing a man or a woman, obliged to hold up upon his or her
head or shoulders a structure which they did not build, and which
could stand just as well without as with them.  But an Introduction
is more apt to be a pillar, such as one may see in Baalbec, standing
up in the air all alone, with nothing on it, and with nothing for it
to do. 

But an Introductory Letter is different.  There is in that no
formality, no assumption of function, no awkward propriety or dignity

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