David Hume. That Politics may be Reduced to a
Science. Hume is very knowledgeable about politics in other
countries, such as France, Italy, and Poland, as well as that of
Britain. Interesting thoughts on the advantages of a hereditary
leader and the inconvenience and divisiveness of an elected leader.
If governors are elected they must be elected frequently leading to
these 'temporary tyrants' becoming more rapacious so they can
accumulate sufficient wealth before they are replaced. Of ministers,
Hume says: 'There are enough of zealots on both sides, who kindle up
the passions of their partisans, and, under pretence of public good,
pursue the interests and ends of their particular faction.' Nothing
much has changed!
Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Sonnets from the
Portuguese No. 43. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways./I love
thee to the depth and breadth and height/My soul can reach when
feeling out of sight/For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. etc.
Beautiful and beautifully constructed.
Graham Greene. The Innocent (1937). A man returns to
the small country town where he was born, taking a one-night-stand
date with him for the night. The town rekindles memories of his
childhood and his first love. The ending reminded me a little of Ray
Bradbury's poem 'Remembrance', since in both they return in middle
years and find a note they had written as children. This is very
different to the poem though. The smell of innocence.