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"No doubt," said Walt Whitman, "a character of Arnold's has a menacing and influence in literature for we welcome all kinds, and indeed the glory of our age is that it would leave no voice, no claim unrecognized. But the fine gentleman, the purist, even the fine scholar, was probably never really less called for. Literature is already overweighted with them, and henceforth revolts from being a mere profession, a select class, I doubt whether America will miss Arnold at all. We missed Carlyle hugely, and the taking away of Tennyson would make a great void here in the emotions and æsthetic in intellect of the United States. There are three or four great scientists to-day in the British islands any of whose deaths would cause a chill here. But I don't think anything of the kind will happen in the present case."

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