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...its prevalence on the mainland."
"The old humbug!"
A little shiver ran through Mr. Eames. Then he observed, in a suave tone of voice:
"He was an historian of the period, an agreeable gentleman telling others of his kind what he knows will be of interest to them. That is what makes his work attractive to me: the personality of the writer. The facts that he records, taken in conjunction with those he slurs over or omits--they give one such an insight into changing human nature!You can construct the character of a man and his age not only from what he does and says, but from what he fails to say and do."
"Modern historians are not like that," said Mr. Heard. "They give you the truth to the best of their ability. It is rather dry reading sometimes. I would like to borrow your Perrelli for a day or two, if you don't mind."
"I'll send it round, together with some old prints of this island and modern photographs. You will then see what I mean. The prints are not exactly true to nature; these people did not want to be true to nature. And yet they convey a better impression of the place... Douglas, Norman
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