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tions?" It is not rational, I say, to talk like that; since we have seen that undoubted truth and pure beauty are hard to be understood, full of apparent contradictions, and, so far as beauty or art is concerned, unprovable. Let us not forget that the absolutely true thing is by no means also, and ex vi termini, the absolutely obvious thing. The answer to the question, "Three times four?" is not obvious to a little child; the answer to the question: "Thirteen times nine?" is not obvious to me; the answer to the question "137½ times 193786439¾?" is, perhaps, not obvious to any one. Yet the answer to the most difficult question is as certain and as true as the answer to the easiest. The true things and the precious things of the life of this world are by no means easy or obvious; why should we expect