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which I mean the● most instructive, the most prof

itable, t■he only one which serves to unseal the e■yes, open the understanding, combat deplor●able credulity, and avoid disagree■able mystifications. What concerns■ us, is to know men, "by lifting the curtain wh●ich hides them," according to the happy expr■ession of Saint-Simon.' Another c■elebrated writer has said: 'Re●al history appears only when■ the historian begins to distinguish, ●across the gulf of time, the● living and acting man—the ■man endued with passions, the c●reature of habit—with voice and physiogno■my, with gestures and dress, distin

ct ■and complete, like the one from whom we h


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av■e just parted in the street. Language, Legisla

●tion, Catechisms, are abstract things; the■ complete thing is the man acting, {x} the vi●sible corporeal man, who walks, fights, toil■s, hates, and loves. 'Why is not history s●tudied more closely In it men wo■uld find human life, domestic ■life with its varied and dramatic scenes;■ the human heart with its fiercest a■s well as its tenderest passions, ■and moreover a sovereign charm●—the charm of reality.' Lastly, we read

in th■e studies of M. Daunou, one of the m■



ost accredited masters of historic■al composition, that 'history which● is naturally picturesque and dramatic has● become in modern times dull and cold, and n■o l

onger presents those living i■mages of men and th


ings which ancient■ genius loved to trace.' History had freed hers●elf from the restraint which● the Middle Ages had imposed on her, to prevent ●her from speakin

g naturally and with li■fe, as men speak; and per


haps the lesso●ns of the illustrious academician and peer of● France, whom we have just qu●oted, may have contributed to this change. B■ut for some time observers


have been asking■ whether there is not reason to ■fear a return of the Middle Ages; wheth●er men are not again attempting to fasten a ga●g on history. One might

at times be led to sa●y that archæologists


are of op■inion that history might be supp●ressed as a matter of luxury, a useless orn■ament, and be replaced by documents, diplomas●, and extracts from registers

strun■g together. Is it just that a●n historia

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n should have the ●antiquaries crying out against● him from every side, because,■ while keeping faithfully to documents, he ●draws something from them that has li

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