I have always wondered at the untutored mind

TCD MS 10516 folio 48 recto

TCD MS 10516 folio 48 recto

[19th September 1916] ment on a voyage of this kind. I do not know which I enjoy most; his powerful descriptions of human character, his vivid contrasts of human types, his keen criticisms of human efforts.
The other officers on board seem surprised at my  reading so dry an[d] unattractive a work. The silliest of boyish novels seem to be all they care for. I have always wondered at the untutored mind of the majority of British Officers. I have scarcely ever known one to read an illuminating work even relating to the past history of his own profession. A Major on board this boat seemed to think that Macaulay was a lewd writer, and, on my disillusionizing him on that point, jumped to the conclusion that he wrote a treatise on philosophy. It seems almost incredible, but I do not think that a single officer on the boat had the faintest conception of Macaulay’s writings; still less did