11 MAY 1929, Page 19


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I read Mr. Hamilton Fyfe's arresting article with envy. It must be magnificent to have such a ranging and adventurous mind. A less brilliant brain might hesitate to give up useful work for a whim and might prefer to stick to one thing and do it well. " What is life to people who are afraid of it ? " he asks. Truly a vegetable existence.

But even vegetables have feelings, according to Sir Jagadis Bose. And Mr. Fyfe's human vegetables may have some ideals (such as the love of the soil of England) which he did not notice. At any rate, the contemptible creatures who do not share Mr. Fyfe's views on the way to live (and possibly other subjects) are probably as sorry for your contributor as he is for them, which is a merciful dispensation of Providence.—