be increased if they could be made to understand the
standpoint of the layman. . The method in which this knowledge is forced upon the Reverend John Smith is described at length in the beginning of the story, and is too amusing to be spoilt by quota- tion. If the book could have been maintained at this level it would have been a great success ; as it is, the curate's celebrated egg must once more be called upon to furnish the phrase which most accurately describes it.