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THE PLEASURES OF IGNORANCE

BY ROBERT LYND

LONDON

GRANT RICHARDS LTD.
ST MARTIN'S STREET

1921

PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN BY THE RIVERSIDE PRESS LIMITED
EDINBURGH

TO JAMES WINDER GOOD

CHAPTER PAGE

I. The Pleasures of Ignorance

II. The Herring Feet

III. The Betting Man

IV. The Hum of Insects

V. Cats

VI. May

VII. New Year Prophecies

VIII. On Knowing the Difference

IX. The Intellectual Side of Horse Racing

X. Why We Hate Insects

XI. Virtue

XII. June

XIII. On Felling Gay

XIV. In the Train

XVI. The Most Curious Animal

XVI. The Old Indifference

XVII. Eggs, An Easter Homily

XIX. Enter the Spring

XIX. The Daredevil Barber

XX. Weeds, An Appreciation

XXI. A Juror in Waiting

XXII. The Three-Halfpenny Bit

XXIII. The Morals of Beans

XXIV. On Seeing A Joke

XXV. Going To the Derby

XXVI. This Blasted World

Acknowledgments are due to "The New Statesman," in which all but one of these essays appeared. "Going to the Derby" appeared in "The Daily News."óR.L.