AS IT EVER SHALL BE
 "THE more I think of the problems of our lives, the more I am
persuaded that we ought to choose Irony and Pity for our
assessors and judges as the ancient Egyptians called upon
the Goddess Isis and the Goddess Nephtys on behalf of their
"Irony and Pity are both of good counsel; the first with her
smiles makes life agreeable; the other sanctifies it with her
"The Irony which I invoke is no cruel Deity. She mocks
neither love nor beauty. She is gentle and kindly disposed.
Her mirth disarms and it is she who teaches us to laugh at
rogues and fools, whom but for her we might be so weak as
to despise and hate."
And with these wise words of a very great Frenchman I
bid you farewell.
8 Barrow Street, New York.
Saturday, June 26, xxi.