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THE SIREN. M. Forster. The Stoht or rax Sntnr. Bv Z (Hogarth Press. 2s. 6d. net.) Mr. Forster breaks his long silence with u crv of ansrv. half-contemntuous half-contemntuous half-contemntuous pain. Alwavs j his risk was contempt. He knows too much to! despise the multitude, and so, in " The Itoom with a View " and in "Howard's End," he j , . . . . , , expressed his contempt of. those select, artistic- souis who make a compromise out of life and. ' art' are content 10 fiml rather than to ! build, Jerusalem somewhere near to Cromwell-'" Cromwell-'" iwu. 1113 satire, nis contempt, expreaBeti j , m.r. ;1,in,tjvi.lv in " Tli C.m. !,...! U-U'..t. U-U'..t. U-U'..t. ,1. . V.,. i ; f.i,.m vm. ri,. n,.t r.r jjnipriir.v nt t,ru ruif,- ruif,- j bxan tlionlung God he was not even aa i tiuise Pharisees, nor like a curate carefully ' cousiaenite or an Uxford manner. Mr. Forster puritan, as are most o our 1 FtfTTl fwr..fi H norv nt Kto fil lmir.mnn Tint. f r !. L... J.V : -11 -11 1 uul iUL enjoy mg woir oruu, To judge from internal evidence, " The OM,.Ii, or. lna lrn1 jeems to Deiong to tne f?J,fB J"4 ter ."fH.ow"d End It is Ht ih"8buJmtter whimsically followed tho footsteps of the faun. in a grotto, porfiaps that near Minors (Mr. T? i . a . i ?i L a."i i grotto) the biren still lives. Sometime, she 'is seen, and this is the story of one who saw ber. Giu'eppe, after he had seen the Siren, whether he had his clothes on." Then T,e mftrr;e ft w , h d th cs-.n cs-.n cs-.n The" ville8 & themandW more the coming child, who, they say, is to be A.,.;.n,i .,. i,;u vr;, j -;.. -;.. uno. im uitoiiuo wa ni"PP. unhappy, unhappy because he m:r:-" m:r:-" ? ""VP , "lm """"PP because ne Knew it woum me. . . He did no work, he forgot to eat, he forgot died in Liverpool ; and the world waite still for the birth of the child who will fetch up ' Biren from the sea, and destroy silence, nnri anvi tha tm, H Tl,. hn.L.m.niini1 y.f .1-. .1-. .1-. a . " -" -" " ""6' "- "- allegory is better than the allegory itself. Not' e.v?n. Jn.. lt.al-T: lt.al-T: lt.al-T: pnost-ndden pnost-ndden pnost-ndden as Mr. torster ! Jf, . TL -"ZlJ -"ZlJ I ; -j -j ' , 1- 1- , V." . e" Y , i .kT'-C'Z .kT'-C'Z .kT'-C'Z T'TI i . , , .-; .-; .-; rrom tno Doutmen who a.liusa t.h nnests to please the assumed Protestantism of the visi- visi- j -tor; -tor; he can hear it in the crypt of S. Andrea . in the Latliedral of Amain, and it can be ; heard in Socialist clubs, too, and most clearly, j Perhaps, of an evening when the scent of the orang8 nower covers the ltaster moon with sweetness. And Mr. Forster is .wrong about the si.ence. The odd thing about the song of w e aireii is mat, wnen one nears it tne Eilltnnu rtf Ik. nrr.11 im n.l J..1M J 1. . . . .... y. 1 ureuuicu, uim ; grows stiller and deeper and more enveloping.