If you do not immediately suppress the person who takes it upon himself to lay down the law almost every day in your columns on the subject of literary composition, I will give up the Chronicle. The man is a pedant, an ignoramus, an idiot and a self-advertising duffer… Your famous specialist . . is now beginning to rebuke “second-rate” newspapers for using such phrases as “to suddenly go” and “to boldly say.” I ask you, Sir, to put this man out . . . without interfering with his perfect freedom of choice between “to suddenly go,” “to go suddenly” and suddenly to go. . . .” Set him adrift and try an intelligent Newfoundland dog in his place.
Now, I suggest you go kindly away, my literary critics.