APEMANTUS?

Apemantus, in Shakespeare's " Timon of Athens," was a cynic not at all well disposed towards the world. He, like Gil Blas, held all mankind to be either knaves or fools; and to neither would he make any concession beyond an effort to warn the fool of his folly. He constituted himself the scourge of his fellow-men, lashing them with a tongue as sharp as a razor's edge. Although he visited Lord Timon's court for the purpose of taking the wind out of the sails of the fawning courtiers, he himself refused to be entertained by the generous Timon, boasting of his own indomit-able self-sufficiency.

An honest fellow was Apemantus, but he lacked charity, and in that he lacked everything, for logic untouched by human sympathy is a cold and useless quality, and the cynic who employs it has no more purpose than a scorpion. Apemantus might have won our admiration for his intellectual qualities, had it not been for his stark and ungenerous philosophy, but as it is, those of us in whom the blood of life flows red must ever regard him with hostility and repugnance as a prig, and something of a cad.