I will not trouble you with technical
reasons, or with references to my experience in these matters, which only a professional man could understand.
At any rate, when you watch those live crabs that nestle here on this bonnet, such an idea will be almost sure to occur to you; unless, indeed, your fancy has been fixed by the technical
term crown also bestowed upon it; in which case you will take great interest in thinking how this mighty monster is actually a diademed king of the sea, whose green crown has been put together for him in this marvellous manner.
I had, however, the less diffidence in that it would have a technical
interest for her, being indeed no other than a song of cycling a deux which had been suggested by one of those alarmist danger-posts always placed at the top of the pleasantest hills, sternly warning the cyclist that "this hill is dangerous,"--just as in life there is always some minatory notice-board frowning upon us in the direction we most desire to take.
But if the failure is due to a wrong choice if he has represented a horse as throwing out both his off legs at once, or introduced technical
inaccuracies in medicine, for example, or in any other art the error is not essential to the poetry.
My fancy played with the various forms of fraud and violence, and I agreed with him sympathetically when he remarked that the authorities in the old country were so damned technical