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Their consultation consisted chiefly in propounding and supporting, for the thousandth time, each his favourite theories. For the condition of the princess afforded delightful scope for the discussion of every question arising from the division of thought—in fact, of all the Metaphysics of the Chinese Empire. But it is only justice to say that they did not altogether neglect the discussion of the practical question, what was to be done.
Hum-Drum was a Materialist, and Kopy-Keck was a Spiritualist. The former was slow and sententious; the latter was quick and flighty : the latter had generally the first word; the former the last.
" I reassert my former assertion," began Kopy-Keck, with a plunge. " There is not a fault in the princess, body or soul ; only they are wrong put together. Listen to me now, Hum-Drum,