Notes on the text
These notes, by John McGivering, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. The page and, line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of Actions and Reactions, as published and frequently reprinted between 1907 and 1950.
Good-bye, Dolly I must leave you[Page 206 lines 7-15] an empty villa… etc a graphic description of what many would see today as a hideous Victorian building – a type that, unfortunately, still exists; it would, though, be warmer and drier than the unhealthy cottages of inferior construction to be seen in many pretty English villages.
Though it breaks my heart to go.
And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering.[Page 208 line 13] Academy in this context, the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, a self-governing society devoted to the encouragement of the fine arts.
Yes, sometimes in a smoking-room, through clouds of “Ers” and “Ums,”argot of the Upper Fourth Remove schoolboy slang from Middle School.
Obliquely and by inference, illumination comes,
On some step that they have taken, or some action they approve –
Embellished with the argot of the Upper Fourth Remove