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CHILDREN'S WAYS

BY THE SAME AUTHOR.

THE HUMAN MIND : a Text book of Psychology. 2 vols. 8vo, 21s. OUTLINES OF PSYCHOLOGY. Crown 8vo, 9s. THE TEACHER'S HANDBOOK OF PSYCHOLOGY. Crown 8vo, 5s. STUDIES OF CHILDHOOD. 8vo, 10s. 6d.

LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO., LONDON, NEW YORK, AND BOMBAY.

CHILDREN'S WAYS

BEING SELECTIONS FROM THE AUTHOR'S STUDIES OF CHILDHOOD , WITH SOME ADDITIONAL MATTER

BY JAMES SULLY, M.A., LL.D.

GROTE PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY OF MIND AND LOGIC, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON

LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO. 39 PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON AND BOMBAY

1897

ABERDEEN UNIVERSITY PRESS.

PREFACE.

The kindly welcome accorded by the press to my volume Studies of Childhood has suggested to me that there was much in it which might be made attractive to a wider class of readers than that addressed in a psychological work. I have, accordingly, prepared the following selections, cutting out abstruse discussions, dropping as far as possible technical language, and adapting the style to the requirements of the general reader. In order to shorten the work the last two chapters "Extracts from a Father's Diary" and "George Sand's Childhood" have been omitted. The order of treatment has been altered somewhat, and a number of stories has been added. I hope that the result may succeed in recommending what has long been to myself one of the most delightful of subjects to many who would not be disposed to read a larger and more difficult work, and to draw on a few of these, at least, to a closer and more serious inspection of it.

CONTENTS.

PART I. AT PLAY.

CHAPTER PAGE I. THE REALM OF FANCY 1 THE TRANSFORMING WAND 2 FANCY'S RESTING PLACES 6 IN STORYLAND 8

II. THE ENCHANTMENT OF PLAY 13 THE YOUNG PRETENDER 13 MYSTERIES OF DOLLDOM 18 SERIOUS SIDE OF PLAY 25

PART II. AT WORK.

III. ATTACKING OUR LANGUAGE 29 THE NAMER OF THINGS 30 THE SENTENCE BUILDER 33 THE INTERPRETER OF WORDS 36

IV. THE SERIOUS SEARCHER 40 THE THOUGHTFUL OBSERVER 40 THE PERTINACIOUS QUESTIONER 44

V. FIRST THOUGHTS: ( a ) THE NATURAL WORLD 54 THE FASHION OF THINGS 54 THE BIGGER WORLD 58 DREAMS 61 BIRTH AND GROWTH 64

VI. FIRST THOUGHTS: ( b ) SELF AND OTHER MYSTERIES 68 THE VISIBLE SELF 68 THE HIDDEN SELF 72 THE UNREACHABLE PAST 73 THE SUPERNATURAL WORLD 76 THE GREAT MAKER 78

VII. THE BATTLE WITH FEARS: ( a ) THE ONSLAUGHT 85 THE BATTERY OF SOUNDS 87 THE ALARMED SENTINEL 90

VIII. THE BATTLE WITH FEARS ( Continued ) 97 THE ASSAULT OF THE BEASTS 97 THE NIGHT ATTACK 100 ( b ) DAMAGE OF THE ONSLAUGHT 104 ( c ) RECOVERY FROM THE ONSLAUGHT 108

IX. GOOD AND BAD IN THE MAKING 112 TRACES OF THE BRUTE 112 THE PROMISE OF HUMANITY 119 THE LAPSE INTO LYING 124 FEALTY TO TRUTH 131

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