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favourable: "The announcement of a new book by this author always arouses pleasurable interest. He never repeats himself nor does he write like any one else. There are occasional traces of the amateur, but it is a purposeful book, more distinguished for earnestness and high sentiment than for artistic finish."
Criticism of the "girl of the period": "It is perfectly sweet. I just love his books."
Criticism of young man who has the reputation among his friends of being "literary": "Of all the men who have had 'greatness thrust upon them,' this author stands forth prominently. His characters are impossible; the style is stilted. Books of this calibre are as numerous as plans for regenerating the world."
The first player gives a well-known proverb, to which the next must present the opposite; as illustration: "Out of sight, out of mind," quickly offset by the equally familiar, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." A brief list of these seemingly contradictory proverbs might be written upon folded cards, and one given to each player, who must write on the opposite page the proverb that contradicts the one given; as for instance:
1! A stitch in time saves nine.'' "A tear is the accident of a day, but a darn is premeditated poverty."
"A rolling stone gathers no moss." "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again."
"Beauty unadorned is adorned the most." "One might as well be out of the world as out of the fashion."
"Marry in haste and repent at leisure." "Happy the wooing that's not long a-doing."
"Discretion is the better part of valour." "Nothing venture, nothing have "