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[Left side]
We have had really Scotch weather
here, rain in torrents day after day,
for a week past. By the bye, a lady
assures me she never passed through
Edinburgh but what it was raining,
except once when no rain was falling
but there was a damp mist over all.
Indeed the same is said on all
hands. But perhaps the severest thing
said of Edinburgh you may remember
occurs in the conversation below -
"But does it always rain here?" says
the friend who has been staying at
Edinburgh for a month of broad
Bible-loving Scottish wet: "Oh dear
no", says the acclimatized Edinburgher,
"it sometimes snows".

I am sorry also to have to differ from
you in toto on another point. You say
"prejudices are ipso facto weak and

[Right side]

foolish". You say this apropos of my
anti-Scottish prejudice. Now whether
that is "weak and foolish" is not the
question; disabuse me of it if you
reasonably can; but you are quite
wrong about prejudices themselves.
I cannot now enter into the discussion
of the subject. I will only mention
that my opinions on it, expressed
some time ago in a school essay,
were confirmed by a late article
in The Saturday, which of course I
was glad to see, on Prejudice or Prejudices.
Read it if you can, but at all
events ask yourselves in a thorough
and unconventional manner whether
prejudices are what you say - or whether
they are not, on the contrary, often a
passive, and sometimes almost an ae-

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