David Hume. Of
Refinement in the Arts. According to Hume indulgences are only vices
when pursued at the expense of virtues, but in the Latin classics the
ruin of the state was ascribed to the arts and riches imported from
the East. Hume says they were wrong and contends that progress in the
arts leads to greater freedom and equality.
William Blake. To
the Evening Star. A very poetic and beautiful poem about the planet
Venus (I assume!) Lots of symbolism and use of metaphors in this one.
Special Duties (1954). I love Greene's descriptions, such as in this
story of Miss Saunders, who mouses in and gives the impression of
moving close to the ground. Miss Saunders is employed to seek
indulgences from the Catholic Church for her rich employer.